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Men Walk in High Heels for "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes"

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More than 100 men took the streets to walk a mile in high heels.

There was a special reason behind it all; it was to raise money for Safe Alliance, a non-profit organization in Charlotte. Safe Alliance assists and houses victims of domestic violence.

The men walked a mile in No-Da, just outside of uptown Charlotte.  Some groups raised more than $6,000 for Safe Alliance.  All together, the event raised more than $20,000.

Scott Lindsley wanted to help Safe Alliance's cause; it's the reason he chose to put on heels and walk with other men.

“For women and families who need to get out of certain situations so just trying to help” said Lindsley.

Men carried signs that said “Man Enough to Walk in Her Shoes,” and “Walk The Walk.”

More than 11,000 domestic violence calls were placed in Mecklenburg County last year. Safe Alliance says based on their numbers this year, 2014 could be the same.

Karen Parker of Safe Alliance says there are signs that people can look out for when it comes to domestic violence.

“Some of the obvious signs are things like bruising or injuries, but there are a lot of signs that are not as obvious. You want to look for things like isolation or the person's emotional state changing,” said Parker.

One in four women are victims of domestic violence.  Kayla Shipley wanted to start the nationwide walk in Charlotte when she found out the city didn't have one.

““I started one in Charlotte and really got to know the community and just the amazing amount of support they were willing to give to this,” said Shipley.

The men walking wanted to spread the message that domestic violence towards women needs to be stopped.

“I think men, sometimes, they don't understand what women go through when they are victim of domestic violence and sexual assault so I think it's really good to create awareness,” said Kristian Wedolowski.

The men hope Saturday's walk was a step in the right direction. 

For more information on Safe Alliance, visit their website at http://www.safealliance.org/

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