March 17, 2015
Communications and Marketing
As part of campus-wide efforts to raise awareness and increase prevention of sexual assault and violence, Saint Anselm College walked "A Mile in Their Shoes" on Friday, March 13th. The event, which was held at the Carr Center, was sponsored by the Saint Anselm Assault Violence Education and Prevention Team (AVERT) and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP). Students, including athletic teams and members of college societies, as well as faculty, staff and administrators, walked a mile around the track wearing opposite gender footwear, in a show of support for increased understanding and commitment to ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Women were encouraged to wear men's boots or dress shoes, while men wore high heels and pink slippers.
Presentations designed to provide education and different perspectives about sexual assault were given throughout the walk, including:
- "Definition of Sexual Assault" by Jon Wells (King Edward Society)
- "Share a Story of an Assault" by Meg DiDonato (Koinonia)
- "How To Respond to an Assault" by Julie Rohnstock (Saint Elizabeth Seton)
- "Bystander Awareness" by Brian O'Connor (Knights of Columbus)
- "Preventative Measures to Avoid Assault" by Amy Clancy (Daughters of Isabella and Student Nurses Association)
- "The School's Response to Assault" by Ian Lynch (Red Key Society)
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes was organized by Karen Ejiofor '16 and Abigail Smith '17, as part of a campus advocacy plan for sexual assault prevention and response they created as ambassadors for the Harvard Institute of Politics National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. Both students are members of AVERT, which is co-chaired by Pat Shuster (Vice President for Administration and Title IX Coordinator) and Alicia Finn (Dean of Students). The group is tasked with providing ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns related to sexual assault on campus.