‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ returns to Cuesta
Cuesta Brings Attention to Sexual Assault with 2nd Annual ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’
–On April 19, Cuesta College will host the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event, localizing a national movement during the month of April to bring awareness to sexual assault and gender-based violence. Organized by Cuesta College students enrolled in spring 2018 Human Development/Human Services courses, participants are invited to don high heels and walk a mile through the campus from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., an effort to shed light on the prevalence of sexual assault among college students in particular.
“No one is immune from the impact of sexual assault, and we need to continue to speak out against its perpetuation and the shame and silence surrounding this issue,” said Cuesta College Human Development/Human Services Instructor and event organizer Bailey Drechsler. “I invite the public to take part in our march, alongside Human Development and Human Services students, as well as Cuesta College faculty, staff and other students. Let’s join together to support survivors of sexual assault and raise awareness around this pandemic.”
Event organizers have collaborated with RISE, the local non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual assault. RISE representatives will offer event participants shoes in various sizes to march in at the kick-off site, located in the courtyard behind the SLO Campus cafeteria. Walk participants will travel through campus and end back at the courtyard. Event participants will also receive free information about both Cuesta College counseling and RISE services.
Registration is free on the RISE website. Event sponsors include the Associate Students of Cuesta College, the Cuesta College Equity Action Committee, and the college’s Developmental Patterns of Women (HDHS 215) course and Human Sexuality (HDHS 218) course.
For more information on the college’s Human Development and Human Services Department, call (805) 546-3236.