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Men to walk a mile in high heels at UT to raise awareness about sexual assault

The University of Toledo’s Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness and Alpha Chi Omega will host a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event called #RedShoeChallenge in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 on Centennial Mall. It starts at the steps of the Thompson Student Union.

During the event, men will be challenged to walk a mile in high heels. It costs $5 to challenge a man, and all proceeds will go to the Bethany House in Toledo, a long-term shelter for victims and their children who are escaping domestic violence in northwest Ohio.

“Alpha Chi Omega is holding this event because our philanthropy is domestic violence awareness,” said Kristen Matson, philanthropy chair of Alpha Chi Omega. “Partnering with UT’s Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness has allowed this event to expand beyond Greek life and provide knowledge about sexual assault and domestic violence.”

To help keep costs down, shoes will not be provided. However, some sororities and fraternities have an arrangement where they will provide some shoes.

Only cash will be accepted the day of the event. Participants should arrive at 11 a.m. for check-in.

Before walking the mile, there will be several events, including Best Decorated Shoes and Best Fashion Walk in the Shoes.

“Students should attend to support the women and men of Toledo who have experienced or been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault,” Matson said. “This event is proactive in making The University of Toledo a more inclusive and protective environment.”

This fundraiser is part of a series of events at UT for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For the full list of events, go to

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