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October is domestic violence awareness month


Men in high heel shoes hope to stomp out domestic violence



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Leslie Abernathy speaks to the attendees of the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Cupcakes in the shapes of shoes were made by a volunteer. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Awards the participants could win at the event. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Zach Abernathy is “dressed” up and confident for the walk. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Bill Roach takes on the challenge of wearing the highest heels of all the men. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Mike Cochran goes above and beyond with his support of the event. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)

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Women’s shoes for the brave men. ADITYA BHATIA. (click for larger version)
October 18, 2012
CUMMING, Ga. — People who went to Fowler Park last weekend were in for quite a surprise.

Men were walking around in women's shoes and some were even in dresses and wigs.

It was not a Halloween party, but all for a good laugh and awareness of a serious topic — domestic violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was held Oct. 7 to help fund the Forsyth County Family Haven shelter, a local domestic violence center.

Solicitor General Leslie Abernathy, organizer and chairwoman of the Forsyth County Domestic Violence Task Force, said the goal of the event was to cause a paradigm shift away from questioning the woman, "Why don't you leave the relationship?" to asking the man, "Why don't you stop?"

It was the event's second year and there was a good turnout with lots of men ready to participate, all for different reasons.

"It's a very worthy cause," said Bill Roach, of Cumming.

Visit https://www.forsythcountyfamilyhaven.info or call 770-887-1121 for the 24-hour hotline to receive crisis counseling or shelter.

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