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USM students stride against sexual assault


The devastating tornado that hit the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention on the Southern Miss campus didn't stop a group of students from shining a light on the crime of sexual assault on Thursday.

Donors gave over two hundred pairs of shoes for the "To Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" for sexual assault awareness event.

All proceeds raised at the event benefit the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention in Hattiesburg. Some students stepped out of their comfort zone and stepped into a pair of heels to take sassy strides against sexual assault.

Event coordinator Riley Herrin took a stand against sexual assault by heading up the event.

Herrin, who is a victim of sexual assault, received care from the Shafer Center. Her time there pushed her to advocate for people who are afraid to speak out against violence.

"I do it because I want people to know about the situation," Herrin said. "I want people to know that it happens around us and by bringing awareness, you can also prevent it."

Men at Southern Miss ran around the Payne Center Field in high heels for their loved ones.

Humor aside, Herrin appreciates the fundraising aspect of the event because of the impact the Shafer Center has on Hattiesburg.

Herrin says she meets people everyday who have benefited positively from the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention.

"I think a lot of people have been impacted by us," Herrin said.

The Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention is dedicated to serving all survivors of sexual violence and co-victims of violent death.

If you or your loved one is a victim of assault, call the Shafer Center at 601-264-7777. Their crisis line is a 24/7 counseling service.

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