Men in women's shoes march through downtown Syracuse

CNYCentral's Michael Benny, Dan Cummings, and George Kilpatrick

Men in Central New York who are fighting to put an end to sexual and domestic violence donned women's shoes and marched through downtown Syracuse Friday afternoon. The noon event at Clinton Square was a spectacle as men in business suits, work clothes or casual attire, hobbled in high heels.

This is how Dr. Dennis Brown, Senior Surgical Quality Director at Crouse Hospital prepared for the walk.

The "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event is the kick-off walk for the annual White Ribbon Campaign. The eye catching event is designed by Vera House to be a first step in acknowledging how sexism contributes to domestic and sexual violence. Click here to learn more about the White Ribbon campaign, and how you can help.

This was Steve Tarolli's fifth year walking in heels. He thinks it's a great event, but can't imagine how women do it all the time.

"Once you put on those heels and you're just standing in those high heels, you don't have to start walking. Your feet start hurting, your lower back starts hurting," says Tarolli.

After walking in women's shoes, Fran Stepien says he will be a better husband.

"Park as close as I can to the restaurant so it's a very short walk," says Stepien.

The executive director of Vera House, Randi Bregman, says it was inspiring watching all these men support the cause.

"We're really proud of the leadership of men in our community coming forward from all walks of life to try and make a difference," says Bregman.

The honorary co-chairs for the 2013 White Ribbon campaign are CBS 5 Anchor/Managing Editor Michael Benny, NBC 3 Anchor/Managing Editor Matt Mulcahy and Dan Cummings, Anchor for WSYR-TV. All three newsmen discussed their involvement with the campaign in this video produced by Syracuse Woman Magazine.

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