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Walk through the silence

“Walking Through the Silence” will involve sponsored male students walking in donated high heels around campus in order to take a stand against sexual assault. The event will take place on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

The male volunteers will walk approximately one mile around Drake’s campus in donated high heels to show their support.

“Walking Through the Silence” will be followed by speakers Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder.

According to Addington and Tieder’s website, their program “Let’s Talk About ‘IT’” is about “Kelly’s experience with sexual assault while in college, its impact on their lives, the trauma of the resulting pregnancy and the critical role their friendship played in the recovery process.”

“It’s a good way for men to show their support for females who have been victims, to show that they won’t stand for any abuse or assault for females or themselves,” senior Earl Lee said. Lee was a participant in last year’s “Walking Through the Silence.”

Last year’s “Walking Through the Silence” was awarded Outstanding Educational Program of the year at Friday’s Leaders and Luminaries ceremony.

“I would do it again in a heartbeat,” Lee said.

If any male students would like to participate in the walk, please gather between Cline and Olin Hall with heels in hand at 6:20 p.m. Thursday and to learn more about Addington and Tieder visit kellyandbecca.com.

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