By Megan Stephenson
“I think women shouldn’t wear them,” joked Jon James, a member of the Suquamish Warriors veterans group. James was one of the many men who participated in the Suquamish Tribe’s first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event April 30.
Domestic violence and sexual assault is a problem for women everywhere, but studies show Native American women suffer at some of the highest rates in the country. According to a University of Oklahoma study, nearly three out of five Native American women have been assaulted by their spouses or intimate partners.
“It's a problem here, but one of those things people don’t talk about,” said Bennie Armstrong, another man who endured the heels. “Men on women, men on men, children, youth … If [we] can get men to buy in on this, its easier to talk about.”