STOCKTON, CA – On Saturday, April 21 the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County hosted its 5th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Pacific Avenue on Stockton’s Miracle Mile.
“Walk a mile in her shoes is actually a national effort we started it five years ago. The whole idea behind the men`s march was to have a unified approach to get men involved, and more education to the community about ending sexual violence,” said Joelle Gomez, Executive Director of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County.
Last year, 125 men walked one mile in a pair of women’s shoes, helping to raise funds and awareness. This year 209 walkers participated, “all of these men are really taking a stand against sexual violence,” says Gomez.
First-time participant and Stockton resident Sonny Gotos stated, “I decided to be part of the annual walk because I believe the Women`s Center does great work and is an asset to the Stockton community.”
“Historically, my Masonic Lodge, Morning Star 19, has partnered with the Women`s Center and so I got a team of walkers together to participate from our membership.”
Members of local law enforcement, firemen, businessmen, community leaders, fathers and husbands participated in the walk, showing their commitment to ending sexual violence in our community.
Among them were Stockton City Councilmembers Dale Fritchen, Paul Canepa, and Elbert Holman, Sheriff Steve Moore of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department, Senior Field Representative for Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani, Max Vargas and candidate for Stockton City Council District 4, Moses Zapien.
Denise Rocha — Bilingual Weekly (209) 598-6525