FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser for Fairfield County’s Center for Family Justice had dozens of men donning pumps, stilettos and stylish flats walk the streets of Fairfield last Saturday.
Money raised from the walk goes toward the Center for Family Justice programs, including free court advocacy, community education, counseling and emergency shelter for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Fairfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Easton and Monroe.
“The Center does extremely important work and needs the support of both the private and public sector,” said Kevin Coyner, Democratic candidate for Fairfield’s 132nd House District.
Coyner became involved with the center in 2012 when he joined its investment committee, which meets quarterly to oversee its endowment funds. His wife, Natalia, is a registered nurse and certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselor.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” also serves as a way to promote awareness of the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence in communities.
Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara spearheads a local effort to spread awareness. The White Ribbon Campaign is “designed to get men involved” as part of the solution to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
Though it only takes “one person to make a difference,” Center for Family Justice President and CEO Debra Greenwood said, there were plenty of supporters gathered at Fairfield’s Town Hall Green following the walk Saturday, showing their commitment to preventing sexual assault and domestic violence.