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Rocky Mountain College walking tall against sexual assault

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Rocky Mountain College will be walking tall against sexual assault on college campuses.

On Wednesday, over 100 men and women will “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” at RMC.

Students, athletes, and members of the community will take to the field, walking a mile in women’s heels to show support and stand against sexual violence, rape and assault on college campuses.

Sexual assault is one of the most prevalent, yet under-reported crimes on campuses around the nation.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in sixteen men will be victim to sexual assault while in college.

“Especially with being at a school with under 1,000 students, they are like ‘Oh we're small, this won’t happen to us,’” said Laura Boulay, a facilitator of the event. “The reality is, just because we have less people doesn't make it any less likely to come."

Organizers hope the event will start conversations about a topic that is often not discussed.

And they hope bringing light to the issue will empower students to report and intervene.

More than 90 percent of victims do not report the violence.

"The victims and survivors aren't being supported and it's an event to come together and stand with them,” said Samantha O’Neil, an event facilitator. "(We want to) be able to say that we won’t stand for this on a college campus."

The event is on Wednesday at Herb Klindt Field at Rocky Mountain College. The walk starts at 7 p.m..

This is the first time Rocky will host a ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event, which have become popular on college campuses throughout the country.

You don’t need to wear heels to take a stand. Anyone in the community is welcome to come out and participate.

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