One of the ugliest experiences that many women in our community have faced is the trauma of domestic violence. It exists, but it is understandably difficult to get people to talk about it. People unfamiliar with violence against women don't want to know it exists. People that have experienced domestic violence themselves want to forget about it. The San Diego County YWCA is taking the approach that it is important to get people talking about domestic violence, so they can prevent it from happening, and if it’s already happened, how to help victims recover. Here’s how you can help. There is an old saying: "You can't really understand another person's experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes." The San Diego County YWCA has taken that message literally, and is asking us walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes to raise awareness about gender-based violence. Funds collected from this event will benefit Becky’s House, a YWCA program that includes a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, an emergency shelter and four transitional housing communities for victims of domestic violence. On Tuesday evening, October 11, 2016, the YWCA will hold its 9th Annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event in downtown San Diego, starting at the MLK Promenade located at 4th Avenue & K Street. It is a light hearted– yet very effective – event for a very serious issue. Please join me and other members of the Sheriff’s Department Team and send the message loud and clear by our presence that we are champions for domestic violence survivors. The more walkers we have, the greater our impact and the more money we will raise for this very worthwhile cause. The YWCA will have shoes available at the starting line to borrow if you do not want to purchase your own pair. Yes, this means we (both male and female participants) will have to trek through downtown in a pair of high heels, but think of the tremendous good we will be achieving toward alleviating the trauma of gender-based violence in our community. That’s definitely worth a few blisters and aching feet. And even if you don’t want to walk, you can do your part by donating or enlisting your co-workers, family members and friends to join or donate. Let’s go the distance to ensure that the Sheriff’s Department Team will cross that finish line as the Number 1 fundraiser for Becky’s House.