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Students and community members once again gathered on the Burran Bell Tower Quad wearing high heels for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to bring awareness to domestic violence in our community.

This was the seventh consecutive year Dalton State’s criminal justice student organization, Lamda Alpha Epsilon, hosted the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, which raises funds for the Northwest Georgia Family Crisis Center. The center provides shelter, advocacy and support to victims of domestic violence in Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties.

“It was great to see so many of our students participating in the walk,” said Dr. Randall Griffus, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “I think all the men who participated now have a greater appreciation for sneakers.”

Esther James, a second year psychology major, brought her 17-year-old cousin to support the event as well.

“We wanted to be able to spread awareness on the severity of domestic violence and let people know their voice deserves to be heard,” James said.

Participants were led around the campus for a walk while wearing high heels. Some participants also wore purple, the color of domestic abuse awareness.

“I take it as a civic duty to do all I can to support the cause, and this is where the high heels come in,” said Corey Creek, the president of Lamba Alpha Epsilon. “I still don’t understand how women are able to walk in high heels. I barely made it, and this was in a short distance.”

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