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OSAGE, IA – These shoes may be for walking, but the people filling them are a little unexpected.
Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator, Heather Yeoman said, “It’s called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” and we’ve got men in our community representing law enforcement and various businesses and our hospital to put on women’s shoes to walk down the street to raise awareness.”
These brave men are walking through downtown Osage to show that sexual assault isn’t just a women’s issue, but one everyone should care about.
Mitchell County Sheriff, Greg Beaver said, “I think it gives us some insight as to what the women go through and look at it from their perspective rather than from ours. And often times, for victims of domestic abuse, it’s hard to step forward and talk to a male officer or investigator, so it allows us that opportunity to see a little bit from their side of the problem.”
And it’s a growing issue that demands attention.
Sheriff Beaver said, “I think it’s an ongoing problem that is under reported and I also think there are Sexual Abuse Response Teams that are being developed, one in Mitchell County, as a result of the awareness and I think that’s a good thing.”
She stilettos may be the spectacle, but a deeper message is taking center stage.
Yeoman said, “It’s not just about teaching women not to get raped, it’s about bystander intervention and teaching men it could be someone they know, someone they care about that could be a victim of sexual assault.”
As for the heels, participants say, they’ll leave those for the ladies..
Sheriff Beaver said, “I’d rather have my men’s uniform boots back, but I’ll get through it.”