MASON CITY – Tuesday in Mason City’s Central Park, the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event was held to promote sexual assault awareness.
Th event was again sponsored by the North Iowa Domestic & Sexual Abuse Community Coalition.
A presentation was given by Mason City Police Chief Michael Lashbrook. He detailed the disturbing statistics of sexual abuse women endure in America.
(PHOTO: Officer Jason Hugi of the Mason City Police Department joins other men in support of sexual assualt awareness.)
“Sexual violence is epidemic,” Lashbrook said. “National statistics show that 1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime.”
Men from law enforcement and other walks of life attended and participated in the event wearing women’s shoes to show their symbolic support for bringing an end to sexual abuse.
A walk was held later that afternoon in Clear Lake as well.