August 28, 2006 at 12:35 PM EST - Updated July 1 at 5:45 PM
WILMINGTON -- A group of UNCW fraternity men spent their Saturday morning walking around downtown Wilmington in women's shoes.
More than sixty fraternity brothers, as well as community members, slipped into high heels and walked around several blocks downtown, to take part in the "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" program organized by the Coastal Carolina Rape Crisis Center. As they found it, walking in heels was not as easy as it looked.
"It was very hard to do," said Pender county resident Darrell Dodgens. "Anybody who think it's easy to walk in high heels don't know what they're talking about."
The men were trying to raise money and awareness for victims of sexual and domestic abuse, and breaking some stereotypes about fraternity men at the same time.
"I hope they realize that fraternities aren't all bad," said Jason Lynch, a brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon who helped coordinated the event at UNCW. "We respect women just as much as any other people and sometimes we go up and beyond that, because we are in such public eye."
"We want the community to know that we will support them on this issue," said Brenton Hammond, a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha who also coordinated the event. "We are serious about this issue. Any way they can utilize the university, they can go through us."