Friday, October 07, 2011
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes San Diego
Hundreds of walkers, including men, will soon sport women’s footwear at the YWCA’s annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event on Thursday, Oct. 20, in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence against women. The annual event for the YWCA of San Diego County asks participants to wear women’s shoes while walking one mile in downtown San Diego to raise awareness about the issue while fundraising for the nonprofit’s programs. Last year’s event drew about 300 walkers, 100 volunteers and raised $20,000. The organization hopes to top the figures this year. Statistics show one in four women has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. According to the San Diego Domestic Violence Council, over 5,600 calls to its hotline are made annually. Moreover, 531 women and children are in need of shelter in the region on any given day. Other statistics show that every 20.9 seconds a woman is battered and every 37.8 seconds a man is battered in the U.S.