The seventh annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes on Friday afternoon in downtown Roseburg attracted more than twice as many people as last year and raised more than $5,000 for Battered Persons’ Advocacy, the group’s director of sexual assault services, Cheryl Newell, said.
This year 160 people, primarily men, registered. Last year, only 70 people signed up, Newell said.
Participants also signed up on-site in front of the Douglas County Courthouse. The walking route wound through downtown.
Walkers raised at least $5,800 through sponsors. Organizers are still compiling a final tally. The money raised will go to the sexual assault response team, which helps victims after an assault.
Newell attributed the increased participation to registration events and media promotions. She said she was “thrilled” with the turnout.
“It’s a good opportunity to get people to start talking about a really tough subject in a fun way,” she said.
The rain cleared just before the walk, and people came out with signs to cheer on the participants.
A party followed at Brix 527, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and door prizes.