Thursday, April 14, 2011

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

James Jordan, right, and other men model their high heel shoes before marching against sexual violence against women Friday, April 8, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska. A few dozen men participated in the march through a lengthy corridor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

(04-09) 00:13 PDT Anchorage, Alaska (AP) --

By RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press

A few dozen men seeking to raise awareness for sexual assault violence against women tried to walk a mile in their shoes Friday — literally.

Among the participants — some burly and others bearded — in the fourth annual "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event at the University of Alaska Anchorage was the head of Alaska State Troopers, Col. Keith Mallard, who slipped out of one of his red suede peep-toe shoes during the walk.

"I had a blowout," Mallard said sheepishly. "It didn't hinder my progress any. I just had to pull to the side and get a tire change."

The men teetered precariously along the mile-long route, trying to raise money for a local nonprofit that supports sexual assault victims. Donations to Standing Together Against Rape will go toward banishing sexual assaults and other acts of violence against women.

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