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Men put on High Heels for Domestic Violence Walk

Men came out in high heels to walk a mile “in her shoes” to raise awareness for domestic violence.
FREDERICK, Md. - Men came out in high heels to walk a mile “in her shoes” to raise awareness for domestic violence.

“A friend of ours daughter died in domestic violence several years ago and that's the reason I do this and it's important to get the message out to people,” says Mark Posthuma, of Frederick, Md.

“It's just a fun thing to do to wear these pretty shoes. We all have women in our lives we care about, and it's a sad thing, bad things happen sometimes and if we can help by raising money that's great and it's something to do to raise awareness,” says Kris Wilson of Germantown, Md.

The old saying goes; you can’t truly understand another persons’ experience unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes, so these men are doing what they can to help women who are victims of domestic violence, while supporting Frederick’s Heartly House.

“Unfortunately domestic violence is still a prevalent crime going on in this world and we've got to find a way to out an end to it,” says Todd Bear of Frederick, Md.

Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined, according to statistics, and statistics also show in the United States, every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten.  

“We’re hoping to get people to talk about it more. Us coming out here and showing our support kind of gets the community to talk about something that's very uncomfortable to talk about, so this helps a lot,” says
Bear.

“If you’re a victim of domestic violence say something, talk to people, reach out for help,” says Posthuma.

The Heartly house offers services to Frederick County residents, and has a 24-hour hotline available for anyone looking for help. They also provide counseling and legal services for those in need. Anyone looking for more information can head to www.heartlyhouse.org/

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