"Kick Up Your Heels" raises awareness for sexual violence

DURANT, OK -- Both men and women kicked up their heels Saturday morning in Durant to raise awareness for sexual violence.

"Raising awareness is the most important thing we can do to prevent future sexual assaults. Being aware that it does happen. It can happen to anyone man or women, and being aware to standup for someone if you feel that they're in an unsafe situation," Anna Marcy, advocate with the Crisis Center, said.

The fourth annual "Kick Up Your Heels" event started off with a 5K and fun run and ended with a high heel walk. The event not only raises awareness for sexual violence, but also raises money for the Crisis Center. Many local firefighters and law enforcement agencies participated in the event. We caught up with a couple of them to ask why they put the red heels on.

"A man's never going to fill a woman's shoes. I'll just give you that, and that we can show our support by doing this it should send a message. We hope it does," Calera Police Chief Don Hyde said.

"Showing that we support the victims and that they're not out there alone, that we're here for them too," Calera Fire Chief Brian Norton said.

KXII was a proud sponsor of "Kick Up Your Heels".