Press Release for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Men ‘Walk A Mile’ in Women’s Shoes to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102

 

            The University of North Florida Women’s Center will observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the “Walk A Mile” event at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, on the Osprey Plaza at the Student Union on the UNF campus.                 “Walk A Mile” aims to raise awareness of the severity and frequency of atrocities against women. The event will honor and remember those who have lost their lives to violence or survived sexual violence.

 

            The sexual assault awareness event will feature men walking an outlined course in women’s high-heeled shoes or other decorated footwear. Along with these activities, informational booths and tables will be available to educate students, faculty and staff about the community resources associated with sexual assault intervention and prevention. 

 

            Additionally, there will be a “Clothesline Project,” which is a physical representation of victims or survivors of any type of sexual violence. Students will decorate a shirt, bed sheet or pillowcase to honor or remember those who have been affected by sexual violence.

 

            Finally, there will be a screening of the ABC News documentary, “Steubenville: After the Party’s Over,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Building 58W, Student Union, Auditorium, room 2704. The 40-minute film follows the Steubenville rape case and the trail of digital evidence that tells the story of two football players, a female student, alcohol and cellphones. This small town story became a national scandal. Following the viewing, there will be a facilitated discussion with Assistant State Attorney Terence Martin, on the dynamics of rape.

 

          For more information about “Walk A Mile,” contact India Powell, UNF Women’s Center Events coordinator, at (904) 620-1128 or at india.powell@unf.edu .

 

        UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures -rounded education.