Fellow Patriots,

As the old saying goes, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”  On Friday, October 3rd at 5p.m. in York, Congressman Scott Perry will join the York YWCA and countless other advocates for “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org – a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their communities about the serious causes and effects of violence against women.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men literally to walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy, but it’s fun – even more fun to watch! – and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult:   gender relations and violence against women.  This event helps men better understand and appreciate women’s experiences, thus changing perspectives, helping to improve relationships and decreasing the potential for violence. It also informs the community about the services available for recovery.

Why It’s Necessary:
The York YWCA estimates they made nearly 400 hospital visits last year to help women who were the victim of violence.  Last year’s walk raised more than $65,000 to allow advocacy for these women. For example, a contribution of just $100 will cover the cost of two hours of counseling for a child victim of sexual assault. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000.

How You Can Help:
For the second year in a row, Scott will take part in York’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. As you can see from the attached photo, he looked pretty good in his white platform boots last year! What’ll he wear this year? Scott has formed a “Patriots for Perry” team and has set a $500 fundraising goal. With your help we can meet – and hopefully exceed – that goal. If you’re interested in donating to this great cause, or want to join the Patriots for Perry team on October 3rd, please follow the link below and click the link for “Patriots for Perry.”

http://wam2014york.kintera.org/faf/search/searchteam.asp?ievent=1114654&lis=1&kntae1114654=6de4ecdb2d8d44ec9604ae327b819b97

Thank you for helping to raise awareness of this critical issue. If you have any questions, please contact 717-850-1505. Thank you and see you next Friday!