‘Walk a Mile in Their Shoes’ sexual violence awareness event, canceled due to threats

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes event – Cola Daily file photo.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands officials announced the cancelation of their 10th annual Walk A Mile In Their Shoes event, due to threats they received through their hotline number.

The gathering takes place at the State House and allows men, women and children to walk in high heels to rally the community together in the fight against sexual violence. It is the largest event the group holds every year.

The organization reported they received several calls Tuesday threatening harm to their staff, and organization – two days before the event was to take place.

The first report of the threats was made public Tuesday around 1:50 p.m. Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands closed all five of their locations at that time. “This morning, an anonymous male called STSM’s 24-hour crisis hotline multiple times making threats against STSM and its employees. STSM staff filed a report with Forest Acres Police Department. The threats are being investigated,” the announcement read.

The organization held a meeting Wednesday afternoon to determine if they would continue with the annual event. Later, the announcement was posted:

“We have faith in our local law enforcement to ensure our safety and provide security. We are grateful for their continued investigation into these threats. As this case is not yet resolved and as our primary responsibility is advancing the health and well being of our clients, staff, and those who support our work in the community, we choose to cancel tomorrow’s Walk A Mile In Their Shoes at the South Carolina State House.”

It was noted that the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The information concluded with encouraging all to use their voice to support survivors in our families and communities.

More information can be found through the Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Facebook page.

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