Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita Valley leaders are asking Santa Clarita men to take a stand against domestic violence by participating in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Outlets at Tejon officials are hosting the event to benefit the DVC of SCV and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. The event is planned to be held Saturday, May 9. DVC of SCV volunteers will also be at the event.
“Men in leadership need to stand up against men’s violence against women,” said Linda Davies, executive director of the DVC of SCV.“When we call someone a victim of domestic violence, call someone a battered women, we take the man out of the equation.”
Last week, College of the Canyons officials held a Men, Women, Sex and Violence seminar with Jackson Katz, a nationally acclaimed educator, author, filmmaker, Ted Talk Speaker and social theorist.
“He was talking about how men should be taking more of a leadership role around domestic violence and have more influence on other men,” Davies said. “I love this whole premise about having men walking in high heels to raise money for domestic violence awareness.
One in 33 men are abused, Davies added, one four women are abused.
“It is something that both men and women need to work to end,” she said. “We need to be able to end the cycle of violence.”
Participants of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes can register at the Outlets at Tejon website or at 9 a.m. the day of the event. The registration fee is $15 online and $20 the day of.
The walk begins at 10 a.m. with the end of the walk celebration at 11 a.m.
Participants can bring their own heels or rent heels on site.
“This just heightens the awareness in the community and we’re educating these men when they come,” Davies said. “It’s your mother, sister, daughter — these things are happening to women that you are close to.”