Empowerment center to host sexual awareness march

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Administrators to don heels for sexual assault awareness.

By Johann Spiess


To spread awareness about sexual assault, gender violence and rape, this college’s empowerment center and the Rape Crisis Center will host their first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes International Men’s March at 11 a.m. April 9 in the mall.

During the march, which will actually be a third of a mile, participants will don high heels and march from the mall to the empowerment center, at 703 Howard St., counselor Christina Horton said.

“The main goal of this event is to make students aware of the various resources they have available to them, including personal counselors on campus who can provide confidential counseling and assistance. As well as off-campus resources from the Rape Crisis Center and Family Justice Center,” she said.

“The campus’s faculty is also showing a lot of support for the event as several of them have agreed to participate and don heels,” Horton said. Some administrator participants include President Dr. Robert Vela; Dr. Conrad Krueger, dean of arts and sciences; Tim Rockey, dean of continuing education; and David Mrizek, vice president of college services.

Several advocacy groups, including the Family Justice Center and the Peace Initiative, will be present at the march and will have tables set up to inform people about their resources and services, Horton said.

After the march, food and drinks will be available at the empowerment center.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own heels, but some shoes will be provided at the event. The event is open to both men and women who want to show support.

Registration for the march is free and available to all students, employees and faculty at www.alamo.edu/sac/swans/events/.

Call the empowerment center at 210-486-0455, or visit www.alamo.edu/sac/swans.


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