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Men stroll Penn State campus in pumps to raise awareness of violence against women

The shoes make the man — even if those shoes are pumps.

On Thursday afternoon about 100 people — the vast majority of them men — walked one mile from Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center down Pollock Road and back while wearing high heels. It wasn’t so much a fashion statement as a social one that brought crowds out for this year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an annual event promoting the awareness and prevention of violence against women.

The walk was sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Men Against Violence, a peer education group operating through Penn State’s Center for Women Students.

“We’ve been really thankful that there’s been a great turnout each year,” Jennifer Pencek, programming coordinator at the Center for Women Students, said.

Before participating men were able to get their hands on any high-quality heels, they were asked to attend a brief presentation on sexual assault coordinated by Men Against Violence.

Being able to talk the talk was one thing, but walking the walk in women’s footware proved to be another challenge entirely, even if it was for a good cause. Proceeds from the walk benefited the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

“The guys seemed like they were having a good time even though it was hard for them to walk,” said Kristin Meyerback, a prevention educator at Women’s Resource Center.