ALAMOSA—Tu Casa, Inc. hosted its Walk a Mile in Her Shoes (®) 5k and March, Saturday, April 27, in Cole Park, in honor of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Over 40 local runners participated in the 5K, and more than 100 people attended the event, which encourages the community, especially men, to actively participate in the campaign to end sexual violence.
Both the 5K and subsequent march were open to all members of the community, but men were highly encouraged to participate in the march (one lap around Cole Park) while wearing women’s high-heeled shoes. Top finishers in the 5K included: 1st place male runner Devin Cornwall, and 1st place female runner Jessica Chacon.
Tu Casa wishes to thank the many organizations and businesses who donated funds, prizes, supplies and time for the event, including: Adams State University’s Percussionist, Counselor Education Online Department, President’s Office, Counseling Center and Student Affairs Department; Trinidad State Junior Colleges’ Student Life Coordinator, Recognition Club, Cosmetology and Message Schools; GFWC Women’s Citizenship Club; Wendy’s ; Pepsi; Larabar; First Southwest Bank, Domino’s Pizza; City Market; Rio Grande Scenic Railroad; Wal-Mart; The Early Childhood Counsel of San Luis Valley and Rainbow’s End.
A special thanks goes out to Boy Scout Troop 307, Adam State University’s Male and Female Basketball Teams, Trinidad State Junior College students, the Venegas Family and the Garcia Family for volunteering their time and energy to help make the event such a success.
“It is very exciting to see the support of community members make such an event a success” said Angela Sillas-Green, Prevention Education Specialist and Counselor for Tu Casa.
In Colorado, one in four women and one in 17 men have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault, and college-aged women are more at-risk of sexual assault than women in any other age group. Tu Casa, the Adams State College Counseling and Career Center, and the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Committee, hope the event will continue to raise awareness regarding sexual assault, and encourage more men to take an active role in the fight against sexual violence.
Tu Casa, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity whose mission is to empower children and adults to live healthy, violence-free lives. Their free, confidential services are available in the six counties of the SLV, and include 24-hr crisis intervention, victim advocacy and counseling for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault and their families.