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Men at SFA walk in high heels to raise awareness about sexual assault

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

From stilettos, to wedges and even a pop of color, there were several shoe options for men to take a walk they'd always remember.

 "There is not a lot of size 13 women's shoes," said Joy Pitts, Primary Prevention Coordinator, Family Crisis Center.

There were plenty of laughs as men traded their sneakers for stilettos but their walk in women's shoes helped to raise awareness about sexual assault.

For the first time the Family Crisis Center hosted the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on the SFA campus.

Officials say one in five women have been raped in their lifetime and nearly one in two women have experienced some type of sexual violence

 "Its' not just a women's issue its their role to stand up for women and take part in prevention," said Pitts.

About 15 participated and even though they didn't walk an actual mile their footwear definitely caught the attention of other students and organizes say that was the whole idea, in order to spread the message.

Health Horizons Community Prevention Coordinator took on the walking challenge in a two inch black heel and he believes it vital that college students know the facts to protect themselves and others.

 "A lot of its going on, on this campus and other college campuses around the nation and we need to be more aware," said Roberts.

Its been said that wearing heels changes a woman and officials hope Wednesday's walk will inspire change in the community and lessen the potential for violence.

All of the shoes were donated by the Family Crisis Center and Kimberly's Closet.

Next week, the Family Crisis Center will host take back the night at Pecan Park in Nacogdoches.

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