Walk a Mile in Her Shoes returns to York

Sean Philip Cotter

Get out your finest heels, fellas.

The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser and gender-violence awareness event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.

The event involves men and boys walking in high heels outside LSC Design, 320 N. George St., in an effort to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence.

More than 400 men and boys took part in the local event last year, raising $90,000, and the organizers hope to raise even more money for the YWCA's Victim Assistance Center and Access-York this year.

Paricipants of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a fundraiser sponsored by YWCA York, walk a mile in women's high-heeled shoes around downtown York City to support awareness of domestic violence Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Proceeds will benefit YWCA York's Victim Assistance Center and Access-York. Dawn J. Sagert - dsagert@yorkdispatch.com

“This is (the YWCA's) 125th anniversary year, so we set the goal at $125,000,” said Keith Sheffer, the event co-chair.

Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. walk.

"High-heeled shoes will be available to rent in a variety of sizes," the news release states.

At 6:30 p.m., the Kick Your Heels Off after-party will start, featuring beer, food and music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The event is part of a national initiative that started in 2001 premised on a literal take on the old saying that you don't know everything about people until you've walked a mile in their shoes, according to the national website. It's meant to spur positive conversation about sexual and gender-based violence issues and how men can stop other men from committing assault, rape, domestic abuse and similar crimes.

Anyone looking for more information about the local walk or to register can visit ywcayork.org. Men can register by themselves or in groups, and businesses also can take part.

York County is third in the state in terms of deaths from domestic violence, according to Rick Azzaro, who runs the Victim Assistance Center. Earlier this week, Scott Hoke of Jackson Township murdered his estranged wife, Susan Hoke, before turning the gun on himself.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him atscotter@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.

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