Participants 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' to raise awareness of gender-based violence

© 2018-Paso Robles Press

PASO ROBLES — On Saturday, April 15, RISE hosted its fourth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in the downtown Paso Robles City Park where San Luis Obispo County men, women and children alike all marched together in an effort to raise awareness for and help end sexual assault and other acts of gender-based violence in the area.

The event was part of a comprehensive approach to change the culture, behavior and attitudes that cause sexual violence, experienced by both women and men within the community.

"This year we encouraged people to wear all different types of shoes since not all survivors are women, and not all women wear heels," Walk a Mile in Her Shoes co-chair Megan Rivoire said.

Paso Robles, as a community, has set advanced goals based on education and prevention efforts whose focus is to create a community where all individuals are respected and all are safe, and RISE, along with several other local organizations, has taken majors steps in that direction.

For those who were unable to attend the Paso Robles event, fear not — you'll have a few more opportunities to walk: once on April 22 in Arroyo Grande and again on April 29 in San Luis Obispo.

For more information, call RISE at 805-226-5400.

© 2018-Paso Robles Press

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