This past Wednesday, amidst the cold rain and hail, members of the Silicon Valley Roller Girls joined the YWCA’s annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in downtown San Jose. Bozo Disposo, Bitch Puddin’, BootyVicious, Feisty Irish, Spankin’ Firecracker, Cole Cocked, Belle Ringer, Retox Fox, and refs Peter F., Christopher, and Dual Cannonz (currently with Santa Cruz) joined the crew. The walk is designed to promote awareness about rape and sexual assault. During the walk, men don high heels and other women’s shoes to literally walk a mile (okay, more like half a mile) in her shoes.
Before the walk, different speakers shared their stories and elaborated on the frightening statistics about these crimes. A cymbal clashed every 5 minutes to remind the audience about the frequency of sexual assault in the U. S. Although the dreary rain represented the somber nature of the event, participants still managed to keep their spirits high as they marched through the streets. SVRG wants to thank the YWCA for putting on such an important educational event and the brave men who did not let wind, nor rain, nor hail, nor a three-inch stiletto keep them from making the trek and promoting awareness.