Men take a walk in heels for Cumbee Center fundraiser

  • Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 2:00 p.m.
Staff photo by Haley Hughes
Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternal organization led the walk, which was organized by the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.
Staff photo by Haley Hughes Members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternal organization led the walk, which was organized by the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.

More than one pair of feet were hurting and more than one pair of heels were destroyed by the time dozens of people reached Newberry Street's fountain, but it was all for a good cause.

The group trekked from the Aiken County Courthouse to the festival site in support of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons and to remember that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Many in the crowd were men who donned heels to “walk a mile in her shoes.”

Yet, as Cumbee Center volunteer Paul Volz pointed out, women are not the only victims of sexual assault.

“Ten percent of our clients are male,” he said.

Both men and women can be victims, and both men and women can be the perpetrators.

Sexual assault is the most under-reported crime in the U.S., according to a sign carried by one walker, and 73 percent of assaults are conducted by a non-stranger.

When asked why he was walking, Ruben L. Freeman said, “Why should women and children be abused?”

He believes putting a stop to the prevalence of the crime is worth walking in high heels for an hour with his fellow Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers.

Then, after strapping on a pair of shoes with a 6˝-inch heel, he turned to the women in the crowd and said, “How do y'all do this?”

Comments { }

Commenting rules: Do not post offensive, racial or violent messages. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the commenter, not www.aikenstandard.com. Click 'report abuse' for any comments that you feel should be removed from the site. However, www.aikenstandard.com is not obligated to remove any comment posted on the site. Moderators do not have the ability to edit comments. Read the terms of use.