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      Members of NBC25 team will "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" on Friday in Flint

      In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the YWCA of Greater Flint is pleased to announce its Third Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event, the International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.

      NBC25's Bill Harris, Joel Feick and Jared Smith will all be participating in the event.

      Every two minutes in the United States a woman is sexually assaulted. Genesee County has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in Michigan. These statistics are staggering and demonstrate the critical need for not only women, but also men, to be proactive in speaking out against rape. Sponsored by Health Plus of Michigan and many other local business and organizations, the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious issue of sexual violence.

      This year??s event will be held on Friday, April 20 at 5:00pm. It will begin at the YWCA, where men will put on their high heels or bejeweled flip-flops and prepare to walk down Saginaw Street. The march will proceed downtown and end at Blackstone??s Bar and Grill for food, drinks, prizes, and first aid to any men who have sustained blisters from walking in their heels!

      Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock, the event??s Honorary Chairperson notes, ??Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence are not gender-specific; they affect both men and women. Therefore it is all of our responsibility to do what we can to stop these crimes from happening.??

      To participate in the walk, men must collect a minimum of $50 in pledges. They can register online at www.ywca.org/flint or by calling the YWCA at 810-238-7621. The $50.00 registration fee includes the walk, an event t-shirt, and a ticket to the after-party at Blackstones Bar and Grill. Women may walk for free and purchase a ticket to the after-party for $30.00.

      The YWCA of Greater Flint has provided comprehensive programs, outspoken leadership and professional expertise on the pressing issues of our times. Created by women for women, the YWCA has a proud and pioneering history. Its mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.