Men walk a mile in heels to fight for a cause

YORK, Pa.-- If you were in the City of York Friday night, you might have seen hundreds of people walking around in heels. Many of those people were men.

It was all part of a fun event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. The event is in it's fifth year and hosted by the York YWCA.

The event aims to raise awareness and help put to an end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Needless to say most of the men who walked in the event had sore feet at the end of the walk.

"My feet are killing me," Jordan Sandoval of York said. "I have two large blisters on the bottom of my feet."

"Hurt my toes," Eric Schlotzhauer of Lancaster said. "Should have gone with the open toes for sure."

By the time they were done with the walk, they had a new found respect for women.

"I didn't understand it until I had it on for five minutes then the walk just kept making it worse," Sandoval. "I was too happy to get these things off."

These men are just a few of the hundreds who took part in the event.

"We're raising funds for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault," event co-chairman Matt Bish said. "I believe this is one of the biggest fundraisers for a YWCA in this area if not the east coast."

Every dollar goes to fight and end domestic violence and sexual assault.

"All of our services are free. We don't charge anything," ACCESS York's Jessica Castle said. "We can't do that without the help of the community."

She sees first hand what these crimes do to people.

"It's tough. Some of the trauma our victims are going through, there is a residual trauma as a helper that you can feel," she said.

The men who came out to the event said this is a cause that's worth the pain of heels.

"Domestic violence and anything domestically abusive against women is not okay, and we need to stand against that," Schlotzhauer said.

Bish said the goal for the event was $125,000. He said if you would like to donate, visit the YWCA website.