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April 14, 2024

‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to raise awareness April 13

On April 13, Emmaus House and Community Solutions will host the 7th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – The International Men’s March to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

The event will take place at the Veterans’ Memorial Building located on the corner of Seventh & San Benito Streets in Hollister beginning at 10 a.m. To register or for more information, visit: www.walkamilesanbenito.org.

This year registration for adults is $40 for men – heals provided – and $30 for women. Ladies, bring your own heals and show them how it is done! Registration for youth is $10.

Designed as a men’s march against violence, male participants are encouraged to walk the mile in high heels. Women are also encouraged to participate in a show of solidarity. High-heeled shoes will be provided to every male registrant. Proceeds from the event benefit Emmaus House, a Hollister-based domestic violence shelter for women and children, and Community Solutions, a nonprofit human services agency serving Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

Announcement Continues Below This Video from the 2018 Event:

“We are excited to hold this event again in Hollister this year to raise awareness about these issues in our community,” said Patrice Kuerschner, executive director for Emmaus House.

“The Walk a Mile event encourages men to literally walk in the shoes of women to raise awareness about and end violence against women,” said Erica Elliott, sexual assault and prevention manager at Community Solutions.

Emmaus House provides a safe harbor for women and their children seeking immediate relief from a threatening situation. In a secure and child-friendly environment, trained and nurturing staff support and assist a woman with her immediate concerns for safety, shelter, food and clothing. Emmaus House also has ongoing resources and access to community networks providing opportunities for women in a time of transition. For more information visit www.emmaushouse.net or contact Kuerschner at (831) 630-5899.

Community Solutions is a comprehensive nonprofit human services agency serving Santa Clara and San Benito counties. For more than 40 years, the agency has offered a broad spectrum of services for mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, juvenile delinquency, and youth development. Community Solutions works in partnership with community-based organizations, law enforcement, local schools, and county health and human service providers. For more information, visit www.communitysolutions.org or call (408) 842-7138.

See more photos below from last year’s event: