Three Hundred to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® October 3 at Ferrum College
The walk kicks off the Red Flag Campaign designed to end dating violence on college
Ferrum, Va. (September 26, 2012) – Three hundred men and women have signed up to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® at 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 on the Ferrum College campus. A Red Flag Campaign kick
off event, the walk to end dating violence will begin in the Franklin Quad and continue
around the outer perimeter of campus, ending in the Panther’s Den with a reflection
and light refreshments. Additional walkers are welcome and may sign up the day of
the event in Franklin Quad starting at 6 p.m. The College’s House Band will play until
the walk begins.
“As a member of the Ferrum College community, I know that one of the students’ greatest
interests on campus is seeking out relationships with their peers, both friendships
and dating relationships. Unfortunately, not every relationship is healthy or positive
and dating violence happens in one out of every five intimate college relationships.
The Red Flag Campaign is a great opportunity to engage students in dialogue and learning
about dating violence,” said Director of Student Health Promotions Jill Adams.
Created by Frank Baird in 2001, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® has become a world-wide
movement with tens of thousands of men raising millions of dollars for local rape
crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexual violence education, prevention
and remediation programs.
The Red Flag Campaign is 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. The Campaign was created in partnership with college students, college
personnel, and community victim advocates, and is funded by grants from the Verizon
Foundation, Verizon Wireless, Macy’s Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control
“We are excited about the upcoming dating violence awareness walk at Ferrum College.
It is important to empower Ferrum College students with the knowledge that they are
not alone, they deserve respect and how to seek help when needed, ” said Cynthia Treadway,
the director of the Franklin County Family Resource Center.
"This is a great way to show awareness and build a stronger Ferrum community while
dealing with such a serious issue,” said Residence Hall Educator Billy Byrd.
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