South Bend, Ind. Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan was walking around South Bend in some stylish red heels Thursday afternoon, to show his support for efforts to end crimes against women.
Kernan was joined by the president and CEO of the local YWCA and other area leaders, as he announced details of the upcoming Men's March to End Violence Against Women.
This is the fourth year for the event. But it's the first time it's being held in Downtown South Bend.
It is part of the nationwide Walk a Mile in her Shoes Campaign, which encourages men to help raise awareness and funds to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence against their female counterparts.
Last year, the YWCA of North Central Indiana served more than 1,500 women and children, most of whom were fleeing from dangerous situations in their own homes.
“It's hard for us to imagine that things go on behind mostly close doors, but it is prevalent and it’s a stain on a community and causes young people to be exposed to violence at very early ages, which is clearly not good for them,” says Former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan.
Kernan praised the work of the YWCA and says it is the place for women to be safe and to get help, for many to start their lives all over again.