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Men wear high heels for domestic violence awarness

By Denise Bohn, dbohn@wsbt.com
Published On: Oct 12 2013 11:27:31 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 12 2013 11:29:09 AM CDT

You've heard the saying, "try and walk a mile in my shoes!"
Well today men all around our area will be putting on red high heels to raise awareness about violence against women.

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Some 80 men set aside their masculinity and slipped on some red high heel shoes this morning for the 4th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event.

 The walk, which is really only a half-mile, "We don't want the men to twist or break an ankle," chuckled YWCA's Amanda Ceravolo, went around one city block in downtown South Bend Saturday.

 It is designed to be an eye-catching, fun way to raise awareness about domestic violence.

There was also a raffle and auction with all the money going to help the 1600 women and children who each year get support through the YWCA's programs.

"I'm an open-toed kind of guy," laughs Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, who is a huge supporter of the walk.

Kernan took off his sneakers and sported a special "fuzzy" pair of red open-toed heels as he offered the opening remarks at the former College Football Hall of Fame Gridiron.

"We do it with a sense of humor, with the shoes. It's a great way to spend a Saturday morning and do something that is not just fun, but does something good in the community."

Among the men participating were 10 members of Notre Dame's "Men Against Violence" group.

"It's going through my mind, how am I gonna walk a mile in high heels," said Pablo Dumas, who stood at over 7 feet tall once he put on his size 13 heels.  "I've never done this before. But I'm excited, but it's all for a good cause."

Organizers hope today's walk will raise $20,000.