men will don red shoes for HIC’s Walk a Mile | News


Help In Crisis’s biggest annual event is just around the corner, and the goal is to promote awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment.

The 12th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event takes place on Saturday, April 16 at Norris Park, and officials said planning begins in early January.

“We are using this event as a fundraiser and to get men to actively challenge gender stereotypes and expectations,” said Bobbie Smith, HIC’s assistant director of shelter operations. “In this space of playful and open confrontation, it is possible to reveal and examine many of the underlying causes of male sexualized violence with less defensiveness and denial.”

The event was created in 2001 by Frank Baird, and thousands of men around the world have donned red women’s shoes to raise money for domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and sexual assault awareness and prevention programs.

Proceeds from WAM benefit HIC, a victim services agency that helps individuals and families coming out of situations of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization serves four counties: Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner. Funds are raised through registration fees, t-shirt sales and a silent auction.

“We have other events throughout the year, but this is definitely our biggest and most recognized. Our sponsors and walkers make this event. We couldn’t do it without them,” said Smith.

The marching men – in stilettos, wedges, flats and tennis shoes – travel one mile south from Northeastern State University at Keetoowah Street and back to Norris Park.

“We’ve seen an increase in attendance over the years; however, 2020 was the exception. For 2020 we had a virtual walk, and in 2021 we held the walk, but without the fun family extras , to limit exposures,” Forgeron said.

Many representatives of local law enforcement, tribal offices, businesses, churches, and other nonprofit organizations typically wear high-heeled shoes with their ankles wrapped for added security.

Smith said WAM is a nationally recognized event and it’s important for HIC to provide specific red high heels.

“The shoes are in men’s sizes. We have a shoe booth with sizes ranging from men’s sizes 9 to 15. Our entry fee gets you a ticket to pick up your pair at the booth,” a- she declared.

HIC makes red shoes available to young people who wish to participate.

“Either they walk every year, or it’s their first. They walk for a friend or family member who is or has been a victim, or they walk because they believe in the cause,” Smith said.

you can help

For more information about the services provided by Help In Crisis, 205 N. College Ave, or to donate, visit or call 918-456-0673. The crisis hotline number is 800-300-5321.


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