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Many Mid-South men will experience what it is like to walk in high-heeled shoes during the fourth annual "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" domestic violence awareness and fundraising march this week.
It is going to happen during the Broad Avenue Art District's Spring Art Walk Friday, April 19 at 6:15 p.m.
The one-mile walk is being organized by Memphis Men for Memphis Women and benefits the work of the Memphis Area Women's Council. Sponsors are by the Broad Avenue Business Association and Splash Creative.
It is a sanctioned event at the Spring Art Walk.
"It is crucial that men show their concern for this subject and their understanding of their important role in ending domestic violence," said Sonja White, president of the Women's Council and managing attorney for the Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit at Memphis Area Legal Services.
"The walk is a fun way to get that message out to the community, and to show that men do care," she said.
This year, participants will include Memphis police officers, officials with Memphis Area Legal Services, and students from the University of Memphis and University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Men are invited to borrow red high-heeled women's shoes in large sizes, bring their own female shoes, or just walk in their own shoes.
Women also participate each year in the walk.
Some walkers will carry signs about stopping violence against women.
In 2012, the Memphis Police Department logged 21,375 domestic violence cases, ranging from assault to stalking, threats and vandalism. Those cases brought about 6,718 arrests.
Registration for the event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the north side of Broad Avenue, near the music stage. Participants donate $20 ($10 for students) and many gets others to sponsor them walking.
Junior League of Memphis volunteers will help organize this year's walk. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (901) 378-3866.