The Van Buren School District and the Crisis Intervention Center will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Friday, April 26.
Ninth through 12th graders will participate from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Van Buren High School track. Sixth through eighth graders will walk from 11 am. to 2:30 p.m.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is an international men’s march against sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.
Locally, the event is intended to honor the memory of Angela Allen, a Butterfield student who was sexually assaulted and murdered in 2012.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes also is designed to education local students and the community about online actions, sexual assault, rape and domestic violence. The event is held in April, which is sexual assault/domestic violence awareness month.
Scheduled to participate are Miss Arkansas Sloane Roberts, State Reps. Gary Deffenbaugh and Charlotte Douglas, Van Buren Mayor Bob Freeman, Van Buren Fire Chief Jerry McAdoo and Staff Officer Stanley Clark,Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown, Van Buren Police Chief Kenneth Bell, Fort Smith Mayor Sandy Sanders, Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey, Fort Smith Fire Marshals Ronnie Rogers and Tommy Bishop and Fort Smith Fire Chief Mike Richards.
Family members of Angela Allen, Cassie Cotta, Brianna Ault and Tammie Schlude will be represented.
Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse will attend.
Some domestic violence and sexual assault statistics:
• Rape and sexual assault is the second most violent crime, second only to murder.
• Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.
• One out of every four women and one out of every nine men in the United States is a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives.
• Each day, four women and three children die as a result of abuse.