Alpha Phi Alpha took a stroll in heels to raise awareness of sexual assault. PN Photo/ Shania Crosby.
By: Shania Crosby, Reporter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, held their annual “Walk in her shoes” event. This event was to raise awareness of victims of sexual assault and rape. Since 2001, men, women, and their families around the world have joined the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The reason men wear high heel shoes is so they can
see how it feels to be in a woman’s shoes, to confront gender stereotypes and expectations.
Many women have had to face assault throughout the United States. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity holds this event every year and other organizations come out to support it. Such as W.O.M.A.N , Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority.
The fraternity just initiated four new members to the brotherhood last Sunday. This was the first time for the four young men to come together for the organization to raise awareness.
“I think this event is important to show awareness to the women who have been assaulted and just really try to walk a mile in their shoes. I like this even because I like to support the women community,” Darian Edwards fall 2021 initiate.
“Walking in heels is challenging, but I’m always up for a task. This is for a great cause and differently a bigger meaning to it. I feel as though walking in heels is hard but not as hard as what women go through daily. I have a lot of great women in my life that I look up to, I hope this event helps put a stop to sexual violence. “Rahsaan Vereen spring 2020 initiate said.
Approximately 25 people came out to support this cause and they all met at the Mary Livermore Library for a mile to Cypress Hall across campus.
This walk walks to also take a pledge that they will work to reveal, know and overcome gender biases. Actively work to end men’s sexualized violence.