Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Being new brothers of Iota Nu Delta here at Kappa Chapter came with many new opportunities. As a new brother, I knew I was joining something to better myself and be a part of something bigger than myself. This being said, we recently participated in an event called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”. This event was held by the Temple University Greek Association to help raise awareness for sexual assault victims. Students gathered at Temple University’s very own Founders Garden starting at 11:00 A.M. to participate in this walk. Hundreds of students came to support the cause along with various different Greek organizations and even the football team. The day started off with introductions and speeches by various organizers. After the introduction for the event the walk began.
The male students that came out to support had to wear heels provided by the organizers and walk while the female students helped organize the event and showed their support at every corner of the walk. As we walked more and more people started to wonder why there are a bunch of male students walking on campus with heels. However, this is how we raised awareness for sexual assault victims. Many cheered, many asked what we were participating in, and many learned the cause of this walk.
Walking in heels was very hard and we watched many people struggle. Wearing high heels symbolized the struggles women who were sexually abused had to face every day. For us, struggling while walking made us realize how “you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Sexual violence does not only affect the victim, but also family, friends, and the community around them.
As we walked, I was able to talk to many new people about what they thought about gender relations and sexual violence. We all seemed to have similar views on the topic. We thought it was a horrible and sickening thing for someone to experience. In addition, we believed that no woman deserves to be treated this way.
The experience was eye-opening as it does not happen very often. People from all walks of life came together to raise awareness and cause discussion about a topic that rarely comes up in daily conversations.
Rikesh Patel | Golden Boy 3.4
Kappa Chapter: Temple University