One in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). In Maryland, 1 in 8 women will be raped in their lifetime. An estimated 1,773,000 women in Maryland are victims of sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime. Additionally, an estimated 441,000 men in Maryland have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime, according to the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Sexual violence, including rape, is underreported, so these statistics represent a fraction of actual incidences.

For the last 40 years, Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County has served the community with both educational and victim services. For the last 10 years, RCIS has held our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes men’s walk, during sexual assault awareness month, every April.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes originated as a men’s walk. Its original intention was to have men physically walk in high heels as a visible sign of support and understanding for victims of sexual violence. There is an old saying that you can’t understand a person’s experience unless you walk a mile in their shoes. So we ask men to wear high heel shoes, or fluffy slippers, and walk down Main Street. This experience is not only physically challenging, but an act that takes a stand. Walkers are holding space for survivors and saying “I believe you” and “I support you.”

RCIS’ Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is Saturday, April 14. You can register now online at General registration is $35, students $25, and 12 and under $10. Register before March 27 and you will receive a T-shirt with the general or student registration. We encourage preregistration, but will have walk-in registration on the day. A limited number of T-shirts and sweatshirts will be available at the walk to purchase.

Registration open for Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold their 10th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event April 14. Registration is now open.

Last year, we had over 200 people walk from Dutterer Family Park, down Main Street, and finish at Westminster City Park. Of the 200 people, many formed teams of friends, family and co-workers, who walked together. New this year, as an added bonus of forming a team, the team with the largest number of registered walkers on the day of the walk will take the lead. Who doesn’t want to be first? We hope this will encourage you to ask the people in your life to join you in taking a stand against sexual violence.

As a reward for your support of RCIS, we will honor the individual and the team who raise the most money with a unique shoe trophy. To encourage this friendly competition, fundraising will be open until April 20. You can donate directly to an individual or a team at, and clicking on “donate now.”

Our voices are most powerful together. In recent months we’ve seen this in the courage of survivors of sexual violence coming forward with their stories. Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County supports all survivors (12 years and older) by offering a 24-hour hotline (410-857-7322), walk-in crisis intervention (Monday-Friday), individual and group therapy, information and referrals. All of our services are free of charge.

It’s time to step up to support victims of sexual violence in our community. It’s time to put words into action, and become a visible presence in the support of survivors of sexual violence.

Amanda J. Greenwood is an outreach specialist for Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County.