Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

By Max Resnik

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

September 10, 2011 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter - Today was the 4th annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. The annual event brings hundreds of men and women together to raise awareness and to work to prevent sexual assault and rape in Northeast Indiana.

Indiana’s NewsCenter’s Chief Meteorologist Curtis Smith has emceed this event since it began in 2008. He and his wife Jessie say this event brings out the best in Fort Wayne.

“This is such a nice community full of people who genuinely care about other people. It does make you feel good to see so many other people kind of in the same boat with you doing the same thing, feeling the same thing that you are.”

Hundreds of men and women donned the beautiful red high heels knowing they were strutting for a cause that affects so many women. According to the Women’s Bureau, in a person’s lifetime, 335,000 women have been raped in the Hoosier State. The Smiths say today’s little amount of pain should serve as a reminder to all Northeast Indiana Hoosiers that women struggle as victims of these crimes everyday.

“I hope it's a reminder that it's not just a goofy event. I hope that people think going forward, ‘I've got to be aware of this. I've got to do whatever I can to help so many women who feel helpless.’”

In 2010, the event raise more than $100,000 to help stop sexual assault and rape.

Some facts from the Women’s Bureau:

In a person’s lifetime:
-335,000 women in Indiana have been the victim of rape
-247,500 men in Indiana have been the victim of rape

In 2010:
-967 survivors and supporters broke a world record for “Largest High Heel Race”
-150 volunteers donated their time to Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
-FWPD were assigned to follow-up on 114 rape cases

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