Kickin' up their heels
LIZ PINKEY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Tamaqua Borough solicitor Michael Greek, left, and Sergeant Rick Weaver, Councilmen David Mace, Brian Connely, Dan Evans, John Trudich, Ken Smulligan, council President Micah Gursky, and borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt show off their high-heeled women's shoes as part of an effort to raise awareness of sexual violence in Schuylkill County.
Statistics show that as many as one in four females and one in 10 males may be the victims of sexual violence in their lifetime.
Even though sexual violence is so prevalent, it still may be difficult to talk about, especially in a public forum.
Members of the Tamaqua Borough Council rallied to help try to change that at their meeting on Tuesday night.
All of the members of council; as well as borough manager Kevin Steigerwalt, solicitor Michael Greek, and Sergeant Rick Weaver, all wore high-heeled, women's shoes to the meeting, as part of a larger effort to raise awareness of sexual violence in Schuylkill County.
The annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event will take place on April 25, in Pottsville.
"It's hard to get everyone over there for the event, so we brought it here," said council President Micah Gursky, who sported a pair of patent leather pumps adorned with devil horns.
The group selected shoes from an assortment, which included several pairs of red leather pumps, platform shoes, and one pair of leopard print shoes sporting plastic goldfish in the heels, provided by the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) and then processed into the council meeting.
"We hardly walked a mile, but it felt like it," joked Gursky. "This is a light-hearted way to draw attention to a serious issue and we appreciate council's willingness to participate."
Stephanie Barron, from SARCC, was on hand to help organize the event.
"We use this as a way to raise awareness and as a moment to get men involved as part of the solution," she explained.
Barron also said that SARCC offers many resources to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as preventive programs for the community.
Barron thanked council for taking the initiative and volunteering to get involved with the march.
More information about the event can be found by calling (570) 628-2965.