PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - The rain and the cold couldn’t stop these volunteers as a pair of awareness walks went on as scheduled in Plainview on Saturday.
The fifth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes for sexual assault awareness kicked off Saturday morning at Plainview’s Ollie Liner Center.
Men of all ages strapped on red high heels to walk five laps around the livestock barn and raise awareness of the frequency of sexual assault in Hale County.
The walk is sponsored by the Crisis Center of the Plains, where their hope is to let people know just how common this abuse is in their communities.
“My biggest hope and prayer is that people will recognize the fact that sexual assault victims are truly silent victims,” said Marci Brown with the Crisis Center. “They have a challenge in coming forward, and making a report about sexual assault. And sadly, in every community across this nation, there’s been sexual assault.”
You can learn more at their website here: https://www.crisisctr.com/
Following the high-heeled strut, the Radar Foundation of Plainview held their first Autism Awareness walk for residents of Hale County and surrounding communities.
The walk followed the same path as the men’s walk, and featured support from the Wayland Baptist University cheerleaders.
Families of children and adults in Plainview affected by autism say the event is special because it shows the support of the community.
“I think this raising awareness is great for our community,” said Lucy Juarez, a mother of a child with Autism. “Because there are a lot of individuals who don’t know what autism is, and I think just to educate them is the best thing for our community.”
You can learn more at their website here: https://radarfoundationsinc.org/