GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A parade of men in high heels lined the streets of downtown Green Bay on Saturday for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Men’s March.”
They were supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2015 alone, more than 1,000 people in Brown County needed help from the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services.
The event was raising money to keep the help coming.
“I think that by the men being willing to walk the mile in the high heels and willing to show their support,” said Green Bay Alderwoman Barbara Dorff, “that people — men and women out there — can see that there is support to end domestic violence.”
Hector Frayre of Green Bay said the walk was worth the pain.
“Man, my inner thighs are killing me,” he said. “I tippy-toed the whole way. That was a good head’s up I got from someone.”
Golden House Executive Director Karen Michaels said they want victims to feel safe and strong in their own community.
“This is an opportunity for us to talk about how often times victims — and often times women — don’t feel safe in their own community,” Michaels said.
To end the cycle of domestic violence, the group targets the next generation.
“If you looked at the people that were here today, there were a lot of kids here,” Michaels said. “We keep it on Saturdays often because we like it to be a family event. We like the kids to understand really strong men are standing up, and they’re taking a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault, and it’s truly important to them.”
Dorff said the men who participated were acting as role models for children.