In Schuylkill County Thursday night, some men went for a walk in defense of women.
It was quite the sight. The group of men appeared to be taking a casual stroll through Pottsville, but it was tougher than it looked because they were trying not to fall out of their heels.
That’s right, dozens of men took to the streets, wearing high heels.
“I didn’t fall last year, I don’t think I’ll fall this year,” said Gary Bruen.
They did it to raise money for the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center of Lebanon and Schuylkill Counties.
It was the second year for the fundraiser, dubbed “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.”
Many walkers came back for round two.
“We’ve done this last year. This is the second year, we’re doing it again,” said Lee Felsburg. “I think in support of the organization, I think it’s a great thing.”
“It’s a little weird walking in heels down the middle of the street but it’s for something good,” said David Strohl.
The tough task of walking in heels may take second place to the tough task of finding heels that fit. The shoe fitting before the walk took over an hour.
“That was just shoes, it wasn’t my whole outfit that I had to choose from, just shoes and it took me about twenty minutes,” said Doug Bendetti.
It wasn’t just the fit the men were going for; many said they wanted something that made a statement.
“I was looking for something that would stand out but that I wouldn’t break my ankle in,” said Bendetti.
To help the guys on their mission, cheat sheets on how to walk in heels were handed out. Still, some men seemed at home in their shoes.
Volunteers at the Resource Center said the walk not only raised money but offered a way for men to be involved in sexual abuse awareness events.
“It is a lot of fun and it’s including men,” said Jenny Murphy-Shefflit, president of the Resource Center known as SARCC. “We want to include men in this mission. We want to see men as part of the solution and not just the problem.”
The president of the Resource Center said the fundraiser is extremely important due to a loss in state funding.
The president said last year, the center had more than 500 men, women and children seek services there.