As you might know, for several years DASAS has hosted the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. While the walk has always been successful, we realize that the event has not been truly inclusive of all individuals or called attention to all victims. For example, one out of every seven men is physically abused in intimate partner relationships, and one in six individuals is sexually assaulted as a child. Yet, in the past, our Walk a Mile event has focused solely on women as victims.
In addition, DASAS is concerned that men wearing heels in such a playful manner may be insensitive to individuals with nontraditional gender identity or sexual orientation. Indeed, we wish to host an event that is inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations; therefore, we have made a few changes to the event for 2020.
This year we will open up this event to everyone— people of all genders and ages— as we wish to make this a fully inclusive and family event. We will not be handing out heels at the walk but ask that you don shoes symbolizing a person whom you know who was or is being abused or assaulted or the shoes of a group of victims about which you particularly want to raise awareness. In this way, we can also honor male victims and child victims (perhaps by tying children’s shoes around your neck for the walk).
About the Campaign
The Domestic And Sexual Abuse Services Cass, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties in Michigan's sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence center, offering victim services to survivors across their lifespan in a confidential and non-judgemental setting, at no cost to the survivor.
While our excitement for our upcoming event is high, we know we have a commitment to our community's health and safety. In an effort to avoid bringing large groups together, we have decided to create a VIRTUAL Walk a Mile in Their Shoes challenge. The goal is to reach a total of 700+ miles together (walking or running!) to represent the 700+ survivors who received help from our DASAS Programs in 2019.
We encourage individuals to challenge their friends and family to take the Walk-A-Mile Challenge.
This can be completed at any time between August 1 thru Saturday, August 22 at 11:59 p.m.
Participants can complete their walk/run at any time between August 1st and August 22nd at 11:59 p.m., all you have to do is:
Register online https://dasasmi.networkforgood.com/events/22075-700-walk-a-mile-challenge each $10 ticket equals one mile.
Take a photo or video of yourself walking or running a mile (or more!)
Post the photo or video on FaceBook - use hashtag #DASASWalkaMile, tag DASAS, or email so we can feature you! Let us know how many miles you walked/run so we can meet our goal of 700+ miles
If you pledge to walk 3 miles or more we will mail you a Walk a Mile in Their Shoes t-shirt!
Contact McKenna Bowdish
Contact McKenna at 269-273-6977 or for sponsorship information.