Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Western Connecticut State University and their guests walked in high heels around campus briefly last week to increase awareness of sexual assault and sexual violence.
"It's an issue that is near and dear to our hearts," said Marc Taricani, a sophomore, who had trouble staying upright on the tall heels. Taricani said the fraternity has supported the Danbury Women's Center for years.
Kelly Mullins, manager of educational outreach with the Danbury Women's Center, said putting on a pair of high heels might give some people a better idea of what women seem to accept in life. She said the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes idea arose in 2001, and it is a playful way to get people to think about domestic violence and violence against women.
(Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is trademarked by www.Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.org)
"Through it's fun and silliness, it gets to the roots of gender-based violence," Mullins said.