Tifton, Georgia on October 24th, the men from Tifton Harley-Davidson will trade in their steel-toed boots for a nice pair of heels and walk one mile to protest rape, sexual assault & gender violence in the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. General Manager, Brandon Keeter, and the rest of the male employees of Tifton Harley-Davidson will participate in this event to protest this epidemic. They will even get dolled up head to toe for the walk if the dealership can raise at least $2,500.00 for this cause. All raised funds will be given to Ruth’s Cottage, a Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Program serving the five-county region of Tift, Turner, Irwin, Ben Hill, and Worth counties. To make a pledge or for more information, please call the dealership (229)-387-8855.
WHO: The men of Tifton Harley-Davidson will proclaim their solidarity with the rape prevention movement by marching in high heels, with women and children marching at their side. Educators, students, law enforcement officers, Tifton Harley-Davidson staff members, and many more are expected to participate.
WHEN: The March will take place on Thursday, October 24th – registration begins at 5:30 PM & walk starts at 6:00 PM.
WHERE: Tifton Harley-Davidson, 49 Casseta Rd, Tifton, Georgia.
“One in three women has experienced gender violence in her lifetime. A woman in raped every eight seconds in America,” said Frank Baird, Founder of the March. “That means someone that you know, someone you care about has been the victim of sexual violence. This violence does not just affect women. Men are hurt and angered when women they care about are raped. Men are hurt and angered when they try to develop relationships with women in an atmosphere of mistrust and blame. And the same violence that targeted women also targets men because rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power, control, and violence.”
Inspired by the old saying, “You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,” these men will literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes.
Ruth’s Cottage is a Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention Program serving the five-county region of Tift, Turner, Irwin, Ben Hill and Worth counties. The program provides an array of free-of-charge, confidential services which include safe shelter, support and education groups, relocation assistance, individual and group support, legal advocacy assisting in temporary protective orders and stalking orders, as well as referrals to other specialized services.