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Local community walk in high heels to raise awareness on sexual assault

April 27, 2019 11:35 AM

TROY-- The annual 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' event helped shed light on sexual assault Saturday. 

Held in April in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness month, people walked against rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. 

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To show their support, community members - particularly men - were challenged to strap on some high heels and walk through downtown Troy. 

The event takes its name from the old adage that you can't understand another person's experience until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

"Rape and sexual violence are crimes that affect more than just the victim - they impact families, friends, and our community as a whole," said Rachel Handler, executive director of behavioral health at St. Peter's Health Partners.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 43.9 percent of American women and 23.4 percent of men have been victims of sexual violence other than rape during their lifetime. 

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Muneib Chater

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