Men urged to ‘Walk A Mile’

Published 4:38 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Calling all men to walk in her shoes, their shoes, with their children, their family or their partner.

The annual Walk A Mile event is Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 921 Wilborn Ave. in South Boston. Registration for the walk itself will be held through 11 a.m. This is a family friendly event used to inspire, educate and advocate for change, sponsored by Tri-County Community Action Agency’s Violence & Sexual Assault Program.

Tri-County points out a woman is abused in the U.S. every nine seconds, and that it is important to prevent intimate and family violence for the benefit of men, women and children. Tri-County Community wants to inspire men to personally and publicly take a stand for equality in their relationships. People should know that equality and mutual respect are the basis of a healthy relationship.

Men should know the red flags and warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. They should also know how serious abusive relationships are and how children are affected. The main issues are the beliefs, behaviors and attitudes that contribute to social acceptance of men’s violence; that definitely needs to change.

What can men do to help stop domestic violence?

• Be a role model to other men. Men are more likely to listen to other men when it comes to the perpetration of violence. Let a violent young man know, “You need help, and I want to help you. Your behavior is not acceptable.”

• Take a vocal stand against violence toward women when you see or hear it depicted in video games, popular music or in others’ behavior.

• Reach out to a family suffering from domestic violence. Chip away at the walls that isolate families living with abuse.

• Be a role model to a child who lacks a positive male figure in his life.

• Speak out against domestic violence in civic organizations, churches, neighborhood associations and on sports teams.

• Make a donation or volunteer at a local domestic violence program.

The vendors are Bouncy House (Willie Martin), Lularoe, Pathways, The United Way (arts & crafts), Sickle Cell Association, South Boston Fire Department, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Peace Haven, Mentor Role Model Program (face painting and tattoos), Unique Neckwear, Damsel in Defense, Paparazzi, CC Creations, 5 Linx, Brain Aneurysm Awareness, 31 Gifts, TLC, Old School Car Club and Kenny’s Take Out will provide the food.

Information on elder abuse, bullying, healthy relationships and sexual violence will be displayed, and there will be plenty of prizes, music, fun and activities.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call (434) 572-1135.

Tri-County’s Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Program provides free supportive services to victims and their families in Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Lunenburg counties.