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Nov 15, 2013 6:43 AM by Kristen Holloway

The 7th Annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"

It's something you don't see everyday, men wearing high heels but this Saturday you will at the 7th Annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."

Men all over Acadiana will be swapping out their work out shoes for high heels to help raise awareness against rape, sexual assault and gender violence but no amount of practice can prepare these men for the challenge ahead of them this weekend.

There is an old saying: "you can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes."

"I just think its giving back to the community especially for kids that are victims of abuse, looking out for those kids and doing whatever you can to help them get through a very difficult time," said Participant David Barczyk

David has taken on the challenge for five years. He says its fun and its all for a great cause.

"The mile is actually pretty easy to walk so guys shouldn't be afraid, its just picking the right shoes and my wife always helps me with the right shoes so I don't end up with blisters," said Barczyk.

Hearts of Hope is hosting the event and organizers say their ultimate goal is letting people know about the services offered for victims of rape, sexual assault & gender violence.

"We want to get men involved, there's a lot of men we want to step up, man up, be brave to do something about the cause," Executive Director Jill Dugas.

Even the childrens' Crewe of Oberon is taking a stand in their own way

"What we always do every year is lead the walk so that's always fun to do," said Jillian Barczyk.

"we also do a bake sale to raise money and all the profits go to the hearts of hope," said Katherine Broussard.

Organizers say every year this event receives a lot enthusiastic participation and some men even race to the finish line in their heels

"I want to see my dad in high heels walking," said Katherine. "Me too, its fun to laugh at him," said JIllian.

The event it is open to men, women and children Saturday at 10 a.m. in Girard Park.
For details on registration head over to heartsofhope.eventbrite.com. Registration is $25.

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