Walking a mile in someone else’s shoes… not an easy thing to literally do, but on Wednesday night in St. Cloud a group of men walked down a New York Avenue during a crowded St. Cloud Monthly Market event, while wearing heels, to raise awareness of domestic violence in the community and to get people listening, learning, thinking, and talking about domestic violence.

It feels beautiful, I think when you see the community come together for a common cause and you see that they are all getting it that it takes a community to change people’s mindset about domestic abuse and intimate partner violence, it’s a beautiful thing. But, it’s not enough, what we saw tonight was just a little bit of what we’ll see next year, because it gets better every year,” said Help Now’s Director of Outreach Services Herrera-Jackson after Wednesday’s walk.

Walk a Mile
Walk a Mile
Walk a Mile

Here are some domestic violence statistics:

  • Every two minutes another American is sexually assaulted.
  • 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).
  • 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation (among all graduate and undergraduate students).
  • Male college-aged students (18-24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
  • Female college-aged students (18-24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.

“I wish we could put a step to domestic violence, but we’re going to need things like this event tonight to remind people that if you are experiencing any domestic violence that there is a phone number and a place that will stand by you 24/7, and that place is called Help Now of Osceola, and they help a lot of people,” St. Cloud business owner and board member with Help Now of Osceola David Askew shared after Wednesday’s walk.

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is an international men’s march where men and boys lead the way on the road to end sexual and domestic violence.

For immediate assistance, please dial 911. If you are in immediate need or wish to speak with a domestic violence counselor or advocate, please call our 24-hour crisis hotline at (407) 847-8562 or text us at (321) 306-0677.