The best way to solve a problem may be to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Every year, brave men put on women’s high heels and try to walk a mile in her shoes., and that’s exactly what a group of men did Tuesday evening in Idaho Falls.
It’s called the International Men’s March.
Men of all ages in Idaho Falls took part in the mile walk, strolling in glamorous and, for some, uncomfortable, women’s shoes.
The purpose of the walk is to raise money and send a message to spectators that the men are here to put an end to sexual violence.
Another initiative to stop sexual violence took place in Idaho Falls earlier Tuesday morning.
The start of a two-day informative conference was held at the Hilton Inn, where law enforcement and other community support organizations learned new methods on how to combat childhood sexual violence.
Sexual violence comes in all forms and affects all age groups.
Building Hope Today is an organization in Idaho Falls that fights child sexual violence.
” This group here in Idaho Falls already has national reach, ” Building Hope Today project manager David Alexander said. ” This group here in Idaho Falls already has national reach. We are literally going to lower childhood sexual abuse around America through this local organization. ”
The organization trains multi-disciplinary teams to investigate and prosecute child sex abuse cases.
” All of these different people are here to make up a team that is comprised to help investigate and prosecute child sex abuse cases, ” Bonneville prosecuting attorney Daniel Clark said. ” All of these different people are here to make up a team that is comprised to help investigate and prosecute child sex abuse cases. ”
Those community members and law enforcement members are experts on the reality of the dangers to our children.
” Historically, child sex abuse is stranger danger or is someone who is like the creepy old man with a lollipop in the park, ” Clark said, ” That’s what we grew up thinking. The reality is that’s not the case. Eighty percent to 90% of victims of an older abuser and vice versa, these are people who infiltrate themselves into a& victim’s life in order to abuse them and to groom the victim as well as the entire family in order to be able to do this. ”
The conference where they met was filled with law enforcement members prepared to join the fight.
Building Hope for Today, officials say with their help, they will be able to finally end childhood sexual abuse.