Men walk in heels to stand against violence

By Evelyn Garcia

Bringing awareness to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Cal Poly Pomona’s Men Against Violence led a “Walk in Her Shoes” on Oct. 25.

Led by Gerardo Murillo, president of Men Against Violence, dozens of male students marched in high heels from the University Quad to University Park, chanting along the way.

According to Murillo, the walk was inspired by the internationally known “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” and is meant to bring light to issues of domestic and sexual violence.

In addition to raising awareness about these issues, defeating the stigma that men should not talk about them was important as well.

Once at University Park, students and participants of the walk were able to hear from the Women’s Resource Center, counseling services, Greek life and Associated Students, Inc., among others. All who spoke discussed why events like “Walk in Her Shoes” are crucial to have on campus.

ASI President Uriah Sanders, a third-year biotechnology student, expressed how issues of domestic and sexual abuse should matter to all of us.

“It also helps survivors or people who are concerned with this issue know that there is support here, and that we’re not a community that tolerates that, and that there are resources here available for them,” said Sanders.

Although “Walk in Her Shoes” captured only a fraction of what it is like to walk in a woman’s shoes, the impact that Men Against Violence has on campus can surely span miles.

Participants of the "Walk in Her Shoes" walk with self-made signs

Eviana Vergara / The Poly Post

Participants of the “Walk in Her Shoes” walk with self-made signs

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