Walk A Mile In Her Shoes to focus attention on domestic, sexual violence

Last year, Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara walked through the center of town in a gorgeous pair of sparkly red pumps. Why? To focus attention on domestic and sexual violence at Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.

The event returns May 3, and is sponsored by The Center for Family Justice’s White Ribbon Campaign and the Fairfield Police Department.

MacNamara is once again chairing the event, and is hoping that at least 500 men, women and children take to the streets and join him at the Walk, which is free and open to everyone.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, and everyone agreed that it should become an annual way to get the word out that violence against women must end,” MacNamara said. “If through the event we are able to stop just one act of violence against women, we are taking steps in the right direction.”

MacNamara is chairman of the center’s White Ribbon campaign, an initiative that encourages men to pledge their support to end domestic and sexual violence.

Registration may be done the day of the event or before May 3 at CenterForFamilyJustice.org,  which also includes directions on how to create individual and team/family pledge sheets.

Event registration begins at 8:30 a.m., May 3, at 1720 Post Road, next to Starbuck’s. Free parking is available at the Fairfield Train Station. The walk begins at 9. The route follows the Post Road to the Old Post Road, and ends at the Town Hall Green with refreshments, speakers, music and activities for the kids.

Prizes will be awarded in group and individual categories, including most creative T-shirt, shoes and signs, best social media post and biggest fundraisers.

Before the walk, any man or boy may join the White Ribbon Campaign on cwfefc.org. The pledge is prominently displayed on the right side of the center’s home page.

WRC is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. In 1991 a handful of men in Canada decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out about violence against women after the Montreal massacre on Dec. 6, 1989, when 14 female students at the Ecole Polytechnique were killed by a lone gunman.