Let's get ready to stumble - "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" puts Dothan men in heels

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - There was plenty of stumbling up and down Foster Street this morning.

Dothan men tried to manage going a mile in red stilettos for the annual, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."

"It's hard on your toes,” said Peter Wong, Senior Pastor at Episcopal Church of The Nativity in Dothan It's hard on your calves and your glutes and your back. If you're not used to doing this, it gives you a new appreciation for the women in your life who do it all the time."

Peter Wong wearing his pastor robes probably isn't an unusual sight.

But red high heels, now that's a bit out of the ordinary.

He wasn't alone though, you could see several dozen guys struggling up and down Foster Street during "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes."

"It's a whole lot of fun,” said Wong. “You get a whole bunch of guys who have never walked in heels before, and some who have and are competitive about it. There's a fair bit of falling and stumbling, and it's a great event for the community."

While the attention may have been on watching guys walk in high heels, it's about a lot more than that.

"Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" is an international event done in Dothan every April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

"It's a very hidden crime,” said Beverly Youse, Executive Director of The House of Ruth. “A lot of it is not reported. I read a statistic earlier that, out of a thousand cases, it will end up that only five people will ever go to prison."

While the heels are certainly catching attention and raising awareness because of it, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" also looks to raise money to combat sexual assault.

For Dothan, that means the money goes to The House of Ruth, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

So, while Pastor Peter was putting an end to his trip in heels, he can know he's doing his part to put an end to abuse.

After the walk finished up, they handed out prizes for things like fastest walk and best make-up.

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