” A real man would run a mile in her shoes.”
During Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 2nd, the Grand Junction Police Department, along with other local organizations and members of the media, will be participating in the Men in High Heels Race for Domestic Violence Awareness. A team of male officers along with the Chief of Police will be donning some lovely ladies shoes and hitting the pavement to see who can run the fastest without breaking an ankle.
According to the Latimer House, a local domestic violence advocacy program and shelter, there were 49 deaths in the state of Colorado last year as a result of domestic violence. 80% of those deaths involved the use of firearms. Also last year nearly 5, 300 women and children received shelter and another 5, 400 were turned away because the shelters were full. Domestic violence is one of the most common calls officers respond to in the United States today. This event hopes to raise awareness about domestic violence and to let victims know that someone is there for them.
As a law enforcement agency, our employees deal with domestic violence related issues on a daily basis. Officers routinely respond to domestic disputes, often involving the same couples over and over. Our victim advocates work with those affected by this abuse, trying to get them the help they need to end the cycle of violence. All of this, combined with the sobering statistics related to this type of crime, are the reasons our officers are willing to look a little silly to raise money and awareness.
The Grand Junction Police Department’s high heels race team is looking for sponsors to donate for the cause. If you would like to help, drop off your donation at the police station at 6th Street and Ute Avenue. Then, come out to see the guys sport some pretty shoes. The race begins at 11 am on October 2nd on Colorado Ave. between 6th and 7th St. It’s sure to be fun to watch, and who knows, your support may end up saving someone from a lifetime of abuse.