If you see a bunch of guys walk through your neighborhood this weekend wearing women's shoes, don't be surprised.  As strange as it may look at first, they're probably doing it for a great cause.  It's called "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" and it's happening this weekend.

Rape hurts all of us. 

If you are a guy and you just read that and said that it doesn't, take a second and think about how you would feel if the person raped was a good female friend of yours, your sister, your mother, or even your daughter.  It hurts to think about doesn't it?  That's what this walk is all about.

It's called "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" and it happens this weekend.   It's a 1 mile walk that men do while wearing women's high heeled shoes.  As funny as it looks, the walk is to bring awareness to some much more serious issues.  The goal of the walk is to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

I've actually taken part in this walk in the past.  I have to admit, it felt weird to do at first.  But as we walked I realized that it wasn't about me.  We were walking for women who were abused and beaten.  We were walking for the dads out there who had to hear the words, "your daughter was raped".  And as strange as it felt to be walking in front of other people wearing women's shoes, it felt great  to be doing something that might help make the world a safer place.  It's very humbling to walk even a mile in women's shoes and very empowering for women at the same time.

If you'd like to join the walk here in Buffalo, you can register at Crisis Services.org .  It starts this Saturday April 28th at noon in front of Crisis Services at 2969 Main Street Buffalo and will travel to The North Park Theatre.  All money raised will go directly to Crisis Services Advocate Program which is the State designated local rape crisis program.

It's time for men to start realizing that rape and sexual violence isn't just a problem for women.  If it's going to end, we all have to take part in ending it.