AXO Walk a Mile

Posted on 23. Mar, 2015 by in Campus Events

AXO Walk a Mile

Last Saturday, you may have seen a horde of individuals, including men, walking through campus in bright red heels. Though, this was no parade. It was an event held by Alpha Chi Omega for a very good cause. There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes in an effort to raise awareness and promote efforts to to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes website states, “Sexualized violence does not just affect women. It affects the men who care about them, their families, their friends, their coworkers, and their communities. Sexualized violence is epidemic. Some of the statistics: Every two minutes someone in America is raped. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault.That means someone you know, someone you care about, has been or may become the victim of sexual violence. It may be your mother, your sister, your friend, your girlfriend, your wife, your coworker, or your daughter.”

Paige Haefer, the event coordinator for Walk a Mile, further describes the event. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a national event that our chapter decided to bring to Butler last year. We thought this event was a unique way to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault on Butler’s campus and in the Indianapolis community. Having both men and women wear high heels on a one-mile walk around campus presents a shocking and somewhat funny image that gets people talking. The idea behind a walk in high heels is to represent the pain that victims are going through. We hope to continue expanding this event and we are excited about the great participation we had this year!”

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About Cole

COLE SMITH is currently in his fifth year as a pharmacy major/ business minor. A quote from the Understatement Society notes Cole as, “A cool guy.” Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Cole is an outstanding leader, and an even better person.” Besides living up to both of those quotes, Cole is president of the Butler cycling team, Honors Program member, Dawg Dish Photographer, student government representative, and part of the DAWG Pound cheer block #GoDawgs. He is also a huge Twitter advocate #TweetAtMe. During his free time he loves meeting new people, stargazing, being a tourist, and looking at pictures of cute puppies #Uncanny. Cole credits his Butler experience for having a huge impact on his character and leadership development, and he makes every effort to display Butler in a positive light through photography. President James Danko and VP for Student Affairs Levester Johnson both stated that they would cry at Cole’s graduation, but they know that he will go on to do great things.

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