VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Service members, family and friends gathered at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC) to participate in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, April 18.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international recognition program in which men and women walk a mile in high-heeled shoes to help raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and gender violence.
"We are joining together as men and women and as service members to support the fight against sexual assault," said Lisa Wimbush, victim advocate of JEBLC.
Leading the walk was Capt. Frank Hughlett, commanding officer of JEBLC, and retired Command Master Chief Rudolph E. Boesch, one of the first United States Navy SEALs.
"This affects all of us, whether you are male, female, Marine, Soldier, or Sailor," said Hughlett. "This is something that hits everybody and it's not restricted to a certain branch or gender."
More than 75 participants walked in the event and were provided the heels and water before beginning the event. The walk helps individuals understand and appreciate womens' perspectives and experiences in hopes to improve gender relationships and decrease the potential for violence.
"I really want to motivate people to come out here and do this because it really drives home the point that sexual assault is wrong and that we are all equal," said Staff Sgt. James Holt of JEBLC. "That's what this really represents, standing with each other."
Sexual violence does not just affect women - it affects anyone regardless of age, gender, race, prominence, or financial stature, within arm's reach of an assailant.
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