'Walking a Mile in Her Shoes' in Brockport
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It's not something you see every day.
Not that you'd necessarily want to. But it's funny, really.
"Oh yeah, definitely first time,” said Chris Peck, Jr. “Haven't worn these things before."
Especially on a campus that hasn't had much to laugh about this week.
"It's really horrible,” said Jake Place, a junior.
What's wrong, on so many levels, is being done for all the right reasons.
"It's not something you see every day, that's for sure,” said Kat Oaks, a junior.
"It's a program we have against violence to literally walking in women's shoes."
"It's not as easy as people think!" exclaimed Kat.
"Walk a Mile in My Shoes" is a united front against domestic violence. A display of solidarity in bright red pumps.
"What we are having I sa program to show men, ‘walk a mile in her shoes,’ so it's for domestic violence and showing men a fun way to point out the things women go through,” Kat said.
"Feels weird. I give props to females now for walking in these all the time,” Chris said.
Despite all the fun, the message against domestic violence is a serious one.
"My mom was raped when she was 15,” said Josh Andrews, a senior.
One that's personally painful to some.
"I did it because my mom was hurt when she was younger, so I know what it feels like,” Josh said.
The message is more meaningful campus-wide after a Brockport freshman, Alexandra Kogut, was found dead in her dorm room early Saturday, apparently beaten to death by her boyfriend.
"Very tough week, I actually knew who she was. I'm also on the swim team so I know who she was. It's been really hard on the swim team. It's been really hard on all of us,” Jake said.
"I think at this point, what this campus has been through, it's so necessary to bring awareness to this, and I'm glad so many students are participating,” said Jennifer Battisti.
The Walk a Mile event had been scheduled long before this past weekend. It goes without saying that the murder of Alexandra Kogut certainly adds to its significance.
Brockport president John Halstead squeezed his feet into those pumps.
"Painful, in many ways. Painful not just the feet but to think what this means,” he said.
Halstead wears a wristband, given to him by a friend of Alex's.
"We will heal. We will continue. Our students need to have opportunities to grieve, and need to have opportunities to heal,” said Halstead.
Healing means smiling. Something there hasn't been a lot of at Brockport these last few days.
"I think that's what Brockport is about, showing each other support and really participating in stuff like this,” Jennifer said.