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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 3, 2011

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes makes a statement against sexual assault and relationship violence

(MAHWAH, NJ) – On Tuesday, October 4 the Ramapo College Women’s Center will be presenting Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an annual event where men symbolically march around campus in high heeled shoes to take a stand against relationship violence and sexual assault.  This event, which began at the College in 2005, is widely attended by athletes, fraternity brothers, and other student leaders who come together to make a real impact on their peers.

The walk will take place at the Arch from 1-2 pm and a discussion of relationship violence and how it impacts both men and women will be taking place in The Women’s Center immediately after.

“When college men walk a mile in three inch heels for this cause they are an example to other men, and not just of superior balance skills,” said Women’s Center Director Kat McGee. “We need these men to say that violence is not just a women’s issue, this is my issue, and perpetrators of sexual assault and relationship violence don’t speak for me. The vast majority of men are not okay with the fact that as many as 1 in 4 women on their campus are survivors of violence. But when they stay silent on this issue, they allow the very small minority of men who perpetrate these crimes speak for them.”
“This event is an entertaining way to get people to recognize how serious interpersonal violence is in our society, not just for women but for men as well,” said Men’s Outreach Coordinator Travis Nicol. “Having these sorts of conversations is never an easy task, but the empowering and humorous aspects of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes allows us to break down those barriers and understand that only by working together can men and women reduce instances of violence and create positive changes in our communities.”

The Women’s Center, founded in 1974, is a social justice organization that provides a safe space for all students on the campus and programming on many issues. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a part of Violence Awareness Week, an annual campaign that works to empower students to stop sexual assault and relationship violence within the community.
For more information, or to arrange interviews with organizers, contact Anna Farneski at 201-684-7602.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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