Hundreds in Redding 'walk a mile in her shoes'

May 9, 2015 8:13 PM by Charlene Cheng

How does it feel to walk a mile in women's high heels?

One Safe Place's annual march brought out almost 200 participants, spreading the message that sexual violence isn't just a women's issue.

"The men and the fathers of the families, who are really 90% of the abusers, are standing up, nothing like that, nothing like that," said One Safe Place Executive Director Jean King.

"By the time we're done with this interview, two women in America will be sexually assaulted. By the time we go to bed tonight, three women and one man will be murdered by an intimate partner. In a civilized society that just doesn't happen," added Joe Chimenti, who's serving as chairman of this year's event.

Melissa Ross and her group passed on the pumps and opted for combat boots instead, representing the rampant cases reported in the Armed Forces, one every six hours.

"It's unfortunate, but with the programs that we do have implemented across the Department of Defense, it's changing. We're changing the culture of the Armed Forces, and that's having an event like today, having all the organizations today, is showing that change is prevalent," she said.

Last year's event brought in over $30,000, and One Safe Place is hoping that they top that amount with $40,000 this year.


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