On April 4, Towson University Police Chief and Associate Vice President for Public Safety Bernie Gerst walked through campus in a pair of shiny red heels. Wait a minute …. What?!?!?!
Yep, you heard right: April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, marking the third anniversary of TU’s Walk A Mile In Her Shoes, an event hosted by the Towson University Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Committee. Men from all areas of the university, including Gerst, turned out to raise awareness of sexual assault and abuse and to support women by walking across campus in sky-high heels. The mile-long walk ended with refreshments, speakers and resources related to sexual assault and abuse.
“I chose to participate because I wanted to show my support for victims of sexual assault and to demonstrate my commitment to fighting sexual assault on all fronts,” Gerst said. ” The physical pain I experienced walking in those high heels (which were about two sizes t0o big) was only temporary and cannot begin to come close to the long term emotional pain experienced by victims of sexual assault. I am very proud to have done this and will definitely do it again next year.”