More than 1,300 people walked down Fairfield\u2019s Post Road on Saturday, April 28 \u2014 many of them men wearing towering red high heels \u2014 in support of The Center for Family Justice\u2019s sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Event. Led by Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara, this year\u2019s walk showcased the role men, boys and widespread community support can play in helping to break the cycles of sexual violence. The walk \u2014 CFJ\u2019s signature fundraising and awareness event during Sexual Assault Awareness Month \u2014 raised $30,000 for the Bridgeport-based nonprofit, which provides crisis and supportive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in the communities of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. CFJ\u2019s President and CEO, Debra A. Greenwood, attributed the record turnout at this year\u2019s event to the impact of the #MeToo movement as well as growing support from local corporations and students at area schools and universities. The walk is an initiative of CFJ\u2019s White Ribbon Task Force, a group of male community leaders who work collaboratively to take a stand against domestic and sexual violence. \u201cWhat we witnessed this past weekend was a powerful example of what can happen when people come together to say, \u2018No More,\u2019 and stand with victims and survivors,\u201d said Greenwood. \u201cWe exceeded our expectations for this event; from the crowd size to the support we received from so many community organizations, volunteers, businesses and sponsors.\u201d More than four hundred students from Sacred Heart and Fairfield universities were part of this year\u2019s walk. Students from local high schools including Fairfield\u2019s Warde and Ludlowe High Schools, Fairfield Prep and St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, also had walking contingents. \u201cWhat inspires us the most is seeing the growing number of students involved in this event,\u201d Greenwood said. \u201cSeeing scores of young men from our local colleges and universities walking in high heels sends a powerful message about their willingness not to be bystanders and take a stand. They are joining us in a meaningful way to say sexual abuse and violence, in any form, is intolerable.\u201d This year, CFJ presented a special award at the walk\u2019s conclusion to fraternity brothers from Sacred Heart University\u2019s chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity for their role as activists in the efforts to combat sexual violence on and off the SHU campus. \u201cThey have proven, in such a meaningful way, that men care too,\u201d said Greenwood. MacNamara told the crowd the event reminds us how \u201conly a small minority of men\u201d perpetrate acts of sexual violence and gives voice to men and boys who support victims and survivors. \u201cThis march is a show of public support that sexual violence has no role in our communities,\u201d MacNamara said. The presenting sponsor for this year\u2019s Walk a Mile in her Shoes was Aquarion Water. Additional support and sponsorship came from community organizations and businesses including Merit Insurance; the D\u2019Amico family; Russell Speeder\u2019s Car Wash as well as Johnny Vazzano and the Vazzy\u2019s family of restaurants. Other event sponsors included Star 99.9; Fairfield Magazine\/TownVibe.com; the Bridgeport Sound Tigers; HK Consulting; Sacred Heart University; the Automatic Door Company; Bagel King; the University of Bridgeport; The Fairfield Police Union; Fairfield University; Pathway to Mindfulness and Whittlesey. For more information, visit CenterforFamilyJustice.org.