FAIRFIELD, Conn. — For the fifth consecutive year, Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara will step out in a pair of towering, ruby-red heels to lead Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a community-wide rally and walk in support of victims of sexual violence and abuse.
The popular event, which drew more than 1,000 walkers last year, kicks off at 8 a.m., April 29, with a one-mile trek through downtown Fairfield.
Organized by the Bridgeport-based Center for Family Justice, the walk is noteworthy for the number of men who, like McNamara, join in, wearing women’s footwear as an expression of solidarity during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“It is hard to believe that we have reached our fifth year walking and spreading awareness,” the police chief said. “There remains no better way to bring attention to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. This walk reflects the dedication of community members from the entire region working to end both.”
Several teams raise pledges to participate, making the walk a significant fundraiser for the Center, which works with families in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull.
Students from Fairfield’s Ludlow and Warde high schools, Fairfield Prep, Sacred Heart and Fairfield universities and the University of Bridgeport are expected to participate.
“Every year, this walk inspires us and reminds us how critical it is to engage men and boys in the efforts to break the cycle of sexual and domestic violence,” says the center’s President Debra A. Greenwood.
Founded in California in 2002 by community activist Frank Baird, Walk a Mile began in support of a local sexual assault crisis center. It has since grown into a world-wide movement.
This year’s walk begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairfield train station on Mill Plain Road. Walking begins promptly at 8 a.m. and concludes at Fairfield’s Old Town Hall.
For more information about the walk, contact Angel Telesco at (203) 334-6154, ext. 131, or firstname.lastname@example.org.