JACKSONVILLE — Courtesy of Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties
The route is set. The walkers are ready. Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes 2013 will hit the streets of Jacksonville April 20 at 10 a.m., beginning at Sadler’s Restaurant at the corner of Wilson and Bonner.
The men’s walk, devised to bring awareness to the need to end violence against women, will make a winding route through the downtown area and end where it began, and all the men will walk the route in heels.
The walk is part of Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes International which links men’s walks around the globe together for the effort to stop family violence and sexual assault. The Jacksonville walk benefits victim services of the Crisis Center of Anderson & Cherokee Counties.
“There are more than 20 men who have stepped up to walk to show our support for the women in our community,” said Donald Hammock, the Crisis Center’s Executive Director. “Each of them has raised money that will help the survivors of family violence and sexual assault in our community. These victims may be our friends, neighbors, family members, golf partners, classmates or teachers. These crimes impact every area of our community.”
Hammock hopes the community will come out and sheer the guys on along the walk route.
“It is not comfortable, truthfully,” laughed Hammock, who will strap on the heels for his fourth walk. “But we are all sincere about our desire to show, if even in a silly way, that we don’t take the women in our community lightly. We want them to understand that there are men that are on their side and will support them if they ever are victimized.”
“But it goes further than that, even,” stated Hammock. “This walk is about men standing up and telling men who abuse women that it is not going to be tolerated in our County.”
Last year, two walks in Cherokee and Anderson counties raised over $25,000 for the Crisis Center. Hammock feels confident that will be met and exceeded this year. “These walkers and this community support us in a huge way,” he said.
Walk-A-Mile-in-Her-Shoes 2013 is sponsored by Trimble & Company, ETMC-Jacksonville, Damsel in Defense, Austin Bank, Jeremy Harmel State Farm Insurance, Stackin Bills, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, WalMart in Jacksonville #180, Family First, Vance Royon Farmers Insurance, Snaps Photography, Keep It Rockin’, Bobby’s Tire, Cherokee County Electric Co-Op and Southside Bank.
The route begins at Sadler’s and proceeds northeast on Wilson Street, turns left onto South Bolton; right onto East Woodrow; left onto Main; right onto Cherokee; right onto Ragsdale; Left onto East Wilson; right onto Neches; right onto Commerce and continues to Bonner.