Men of Valor: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes …

Michael McGee | 10/10/2013, 10:06 a.m.
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Photo on Left: D.A. Craig Watkins participates in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Photo on Right: Decorated shoe celebrates Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Mike McGee

“We have to recognize that … there are a lot of male victims of sexual abuse and that is a very under-reported population, so we need to stand up for men in that way, too,” Leman noted. “This isn’t a woman’s issue. This is everybody’s issue.”

Darlene Greene is executive director of the Ina Mae Greene Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing awareness about domestic violence and raising money for various related services. Greene, who lost her sister to an act of lethal domestic violence in 1990, said that the Walk a Mile event made the conversation about a difficult subject a little easier.

“It makes it comfortable to have a group of people around you where you can talk about it openly,” she said. “It’s fun, and we get to connect with each other and see the men actually come out, because it’s got to be a sacrifice to walk in those high heels.”

The sense of community at the event was very motivating to others to join in the crusade, Greene explained.

“Big strong guys, like firemen and police men; for them to come down and say, ‘This is important. Look at this, this is important,’ it’s amazing. It means a lot,” she said.

For more information, resources and ways to get involved and help, visit http://dallascountysac.com and http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org.