The fourth annual Kick Up your Heels event kicked off at 8 a.m. Saturday with a 5K race and fun run.
Following the run and awards, men from around Bryan County gathered to walk a block in high heels to raise awareness of sexual violence and show support for victims of such violence.
Men really got in the spirit this year, wearing tan or black leggings to accompany their heels. Calera Fire Department ordered special kilts of purple to show support for victims.
The wife of State Representative Dustin Robert said he had an all-out fashion show at his home Friday night to decide what heels he would wear to show his support.
Crisis Control Center’s Anna Marcy said although this is a fun event, it raises awareness for a very serious issue.
“Raising awareness is the most important thing we can do to prevent this in the future,” said Marcy, adding, “before we can fix a problem, we have to admit a problem exists.”
She said raising awareness and having elected officials and public servants at these events has made some victims more comfortable coming forward about being abused and has encouraged reporting such violence.
She said having such events as the Kick Up your Heels event shows that the people, community leaders, public officials and public servants care.
It also starts conversations among those seeing the event, so more might come forward or avoid violent relationships.
- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news