Frank Baird began volunteering at Strength United (formerly known as the Valley Trauma Center) in 1993. He saw firsthand how devastating it can be for so many women who have survived sexual and domestic violence to pick up the pieces and start their lives over again.
In 2001, he set out to inspire other men to educate themselves and help prevent more women from enduring that pain. Baird joined together with a group of men from his community to raise awareness by seeing what it would be like to walk a mile in women’s shoes — literally.
The big, tough men donned some snazzy heels to show their support for victims of sexual violence.
And over the years, their numbers have grown across communities and college campuses around the country.
The walks raise funds for local rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and other prevention and recovery services.
The events also showcase an important shift in how we think about traditional gender roles.
The difference in perspective gives communities the opportunity to talk, listen, learn, and make changes for the better.
As Baird says, when someone we love is hurt by this violence, that pain is felt by everyone around them.
Watch the video below to learn more about this awesome campaign:
(via Little Things)