Ferrum College Students “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
300 students turn out for event to raise awareness of the danger of dating violence.
Ferrum, Va. (October 9, 2012) – Three hundred men and women took part in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event held Wednesday, October 3, 2012 on the Ferrum College campus to bring awareness to dating violence.
Nearly one hundred men, many wearing high heels, led the walk that began near Franklin Hall and proceeded around the perimeter of campus. “You never know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes, and that is literally what a lot of young men did tonight,” said event organizer Jill Adams.
The walk was a kickoff for the Red Flag Campaign, a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence on college campuses using the “bystander intervention” strategy. Launched in Virginia in 2007 and now found on over 100 campuses in 27 states, the Campaign encourages friends and other campus community members to “say something” when they see in a friend’s relationship the seven signs or “red flags” for dating violence: emotional abuse, coercion, excessive jealousy, isolation, sexual or physical assault, stalking, and victim-blaming.
Also walking were 35 members of the Delta Phi Epsilon, members of the local community and a cross section of other students on campus.
“We really wanted to raise awareness about this issue,” said Chelsie Brown, sorority recruitment chair.
Katina Hancock of the Rocky Mount Women’s Shelter elaborated upon a number of the “red flags” that may be present in an abusive relationship including isolation from friends and family, being told what and what not to wear, and receiving gifts after a violent episode. Hancock advised those who suspected abuse to talk with a school counselor or to contact the shelter at (540) 483-1234.
Students will be wearing black shirts bearing reminders of the dangers of abuse throughout the month of October.
The event raised $250 to support the Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter in Rocky Mount.
See event photos taken by Ferrum College Iron Blade photo editor Joseph Cudjoe and Dean of Students Jason Jones here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCmpcG4
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