Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi partnered with the Women’s Shelter of South Texas to host the 2015 “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence” which took place on Tuesday, April 14, at 6 P.M. at the Dugan Wellness Center Gym.

Individuals of all ages were welcome to participate and men are encouraged, but not required, to walk in any style of women’s shoes. The event also included a red heel shoe decorating contest, photo booth, community information tables, and a candlelight vigil to honor victims of gender violence. Proceeds from t-shirt sales and button sales will benefit the Women’s Shelter of South Texas. The event was free and open to the public.

The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” International Men’s March takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and was started in 2001 by Men Organized for Rape Education. To learn more about the event, visit facebook.com/tamuccwalkamile or call 361-825-2612.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and the national Walk a Mile in Her Shoes organization, one in six American women have been sexual assaulted, a statistic of 293,066 rapes and sexual assaults every year. That breaks down to one rape every two minutes in America.

Locally, Corpus Christi police reported 526 incidents of sexual assault in 2013. Twenty-five percent of those served by the Women’s Shelter of South Texas in 2014 received services for sexual assault.