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The 2010 participants in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Men's March to End Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence are shown in this April 2010 Sun Tribune file photo. The 2012 walk is Tuesday, April 17 in Morris.

'Walk A Mile' fundraiser set for Tuesday in Morris

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Someplace Safe Stevens Outreach announces its fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: Men's March to End Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence. This year's event is scheduled for April 17, 2012, and is partnered with the UMM Commission on Women and M.O.M. (Men of Morris). April is recognized across the country as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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Registration begins at 11:30am at 202 Atlantic Ave (Someplace Safe's office) with the March set to start at Noon. Walk A Mile in Her Shoes© is literally asking men to walk for one mile in a pair of women's shoes, while raising awareness and funds to help provide services and support to victims and survivors of violence in our area. Challenge yourself, friends, family and co-workers to gather pledges and walk. Get our community talking about a difficult topic - sexual violence.

Of course, women are welcome to walk, too - men need support along the way! Each participant will receive a t-shirt with a minimum $10 pledge and shoes will be available for those who need them. The March will end back at Someplace Safe with lunch provided to all participants and offered to all other individuals for a free-will donation.

According to the national website, the march "is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence." The name of the March comes from the old adage that you can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes. For more information about the origin and purpose of the march, log onto the national website at www.walkamileinhershoes.org.

Someplace Safe has been empowering men, women, and children through a variety of programs since 1979. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, personal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, and prevention education in area schools, civic groups and the larger community about violence and its effects.

One in three women has experienced sexual violence in her lifetime. One in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18. That means that someone you know, someone you care about, has likely been a victim of sexual violence. So, join us on April 17th, and walk for your daughter, your son, your mother, your father, your niece, your nephew, your friend, your colleague or yourself. Special consideration will be given to those who are not physically able to wear high heels. Socks are optional.

The March will raise both awareness and dollars. All walkers are being asked to secure pledges from their friends, family, co-workers or agencies in support of their participation in this event. The individual or group who raises the most money will be recognized at the gathering following the March. All proceeds will go to help victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Stevens County. For more information on this event or Someplace Safe's services in general, please visit our website at www.someplacesafe.info or contact Erin at (320)589.3208 or stevens.co@someplacesafe.info.

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