Walk a Mile participants hold signs

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu campus community will participate in an event on April 6 for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes, the international march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. UH West Oʻahu students, faculty and staff will participate in a walk around the campus, many wearing women’s high-heeled shoes or decorated slippers, to demonstrate support for efforts to stop the violence.

The walk is meant to put participants literally “in someone else’s shoes” as a show of support and solidarity behind the goal of ending sexualized violence. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes at UH West Oʻahu will happen on April 6 at 12:25 p.m. and again at 1:55 p.m. starting in the UH West Oʻahu Courtyard. A supply of men’s and women’s shoes will be available for participants’ use during the march.

The event is free and open to the public. All community groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend. Walk a Mile in Their Shoes will also feature interactive displays and community organizations sharing resources and information about sexual assault prevention from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UH West Oʻahu Courtyard.

For more information, contact Rouel Velasco via email.

—By Julie Funasaki Yuen