The following blog entry was written by Amanda Dyson.
Many of us looked forward to July 4th for the long, fun filled weekend that it promised. Others had domestic violence on their minds.
It has been reported that in July in Tulsa, Oklahoma that domestic violence calls and requests for emergency protective orders are in higher demand after long weekends, especially the Tuesday after July 4th weekend. Part of the reason for the holiday surge may be increased drug or alcohol use and gathering together for festivities.
In Louisiana, men took a different holiday weekend approach for the Lake Charles 4th of July parade. 120 men, along with women’s shelter employees, put on their high heels to march against domestic violence with shouts of “Man up! Hands down! Stop domestic violence!” The group aims to have more men speak up for the issue and aren’t the only ones using footwear to make a statement.
Recently, men signed up to walk a mile in heels during Riverfest in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. The event raised money for the YWCA and the Carilee Fund and served to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence in the community.
Men are sending an important message by showing their support to end domestic violence. For some, July 4th weekend turned out to be an interesting weekend to promote awareness and walk in someone else’s shoes.
Domestic Violence Increase During Holidays
Men March Against Violence
Hundreds of Men Walking in Heels to March Against Domestic Violence