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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Hundreds 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' in Anoka

Hundreds of men in Anoka County walked in stylish high heels in opposition to all forms of violence against women on May 20th.

They were joined by women and children, bringing the number of people participating in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to over 600. The international march against domestic and sexual violence began at Anoka City Hall Plaza.

“If women could stop the abuse it would have ended a long time ago. The abusive men aren’t going to stop it. That leaves the men who are not abusive to bring about these much needed changes. The men who know violence in all forms against females is wrong,” said Brian Nystrom to a large crowd gathered for the event. Nystrom is President of Nystrom & Associates, a provider of psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, nursing and psychiatry.

“The majority of men are good men who want to do what is right, we can no longer stand by silently as women and girls are violated,” Nystrom said.

Close to $30,000 in proceeds from the march will benefit Alexandra house, a local shelter for women and children.

“It’s so encouraging to see so many young men and leaders within our community who are willing to put on those shoes, laugh at themselves and its great symbolism to show that you know what?

This is really important and we’re willing to do this to show our support in the fight against domestic and sexual violence,” said Rhonda Sivarajah, Chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners.

Red silhouettes of women and children stood in the plaza, artistic representations of local victims of violence.

“If you read there’s a story of the tragedy in which they ended up losing their it’s really a way to remember them and to honor their memory,” said Sivarajah.

She and other event organizers said they hope Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will raise community awareness about domestic and sexual violence and galvanize strong community opposition.

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