700 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

By Stephanie Parkinson

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - 700 people, in shiny red heals, showed their support by kicking off their shoes to ‘walk a mile in her shoes.’

"The best part was just getting out and seeing how many guys came and actually got enthusiastic about it,” said Josh Michael, participant.

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ is hosted by the Women's Bureau. It raises money to help victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The event is meant to be fun but there are subtle ways The Women's Bureau incorporates the cause.

"We have a clothes line that has t-shirts that have been decorated by victims, their thoughts and feelings that are expressed on the t-shirts,” said Louise Jackson, CEO, Women's Bureau.

While 700 walked in the event more than 800 people there in total Saturday morning all supporting those taking part in the event.

"It's good to have fun but it's also important to remember what cause we're supporting and how serious it is and that we have to take steps to solve that,” said Michael.

Josh Michael says he was glad to see Curtis Smith, INC’s chief meteorologist, walking with his wife but a little disappointed with the forecast.

"He did tell us, hopefully we were going to get done before the rain started,” said Michael.

That didn’t quite happen for everyone. Josh did finish just before the rain. Curtis however, had to battle a bit of the wet weather.

"I passed him because I was going so fast you know,” said Michael.

This is the 5th year for the walk. In that time the event has raised more than $450,000.

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