ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Community leaders, businesses, and citizens took a walk in Zanesville today to raise awareness for an all too common issue. Walk a Mile in My Shoes was held this evening in front of the Muskingum County Courthouse; as participants came out to support victims of domestic violence.
Dorothy Thomas, Chairperson of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, says that the event is held each year in hopes of sparking empathy for victims.
“It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so we started this Walk a Mile in My Shoes event about six or seven years ago. It’s to bring awareness; it’s also to let people understand that it’s not quite as easy to walk in somebody else’s shoes. So, we shouldn’t judge people; especially victims to why they don’t leave.”
The event included 40 celebrity walkers wearing shoes that belong to the opposite sex; in an effort to educate the community about domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is kind of a subject that people don’t know about; unless it happens to them or their families. So, I think we’re trying to bring awareness that there is help out there if you want to get out of a situation. There’s agencies that can help you. So, this event brings a lot of education I beleieve to people in the community. Especially for people not to judge, you know, other people and think that it’s so easy to get out of it.”
Local teams walk one lap around the courthouse and donate money and items to be auctioned off. All proceeds benefit Transitions Domestic Violence Shelter. The annual event is sponsored by the Muskingum County Domestic Violence Coalition.