Tampa, Florida -- On Thursday, men traded in their sneakers for pair a of high heels in effort to end violence against women.
USF's Sixth Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes campaign was inspired by the idea that you cannot truly understand the experiences of others, unless you've walked in their shoes.
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Also at the event, 21-year-old Melissa Dohme, who is a domestic violence survivor and advocate, shared her story to others. Her life changed in January 2012, when an ex-boyfriend viciously attacked her, stabbing her more than 30 times. Doctors said it's a true miracle she's alive today -- and Dohme believes she was saved so she can help others.
The men also took the "real" men's promise, which stands for relationship equality and anti-violence league commitment, to stand up against violence toward women.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an educational, empowering, and unique event sponsored by N.I.T.E. in partnership with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, and with support from USF Athletics, USF ROTC, University Police, and USF Student Government.