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WILMINGTON -- They could wear them or hold them, but participants of "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" had to have a pair of women's shoes on them. The Costal Horizons Rape Crisis Center sponsored the Saturday morning men's march as part of a national movement geared towards raising awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Shemekka Miles from the Rape Crisis Center was one of the event's coordinators. She said she had a main goal for the walk. "To raise awareness here in Wilmington to let the community know these men are our allies and break the stereotypes that all men are bad or perpetrators." The majority of participants were from UNCW fraternities and local radio stations. Samuel Wooden walked with his fraternity brothers. He said, "Walking in their shoes kind of gives you a representation of how women are treated when they encounter adversities and stuff." James Crawford also came out with his fraternity brothers. For him, the event's meaning was personal. He said, "I've had family members that were in this kind of situation, so it's kind of nice to give back and kind of like help out when I can." The event initially raised about $600. The Wilmington-based group Step Up Wilmington matched that amount, for a total of just over $1,200. That money will be used for male violence prevention education at the Rape Crisis Center.

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