When it comes to fighting sexual violence, Anchorage men were head over heels at a local mall Saturday.

Standing Together Against Rape hosted its annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” fundraiser at the University Center. STAR has been providing support and education to Alaskans for more than 40 years.

 
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"We do have the highest rates of sexual violence, sexual abuse and assaults in the nation,” said STAR’s development manager, Jennifer Brown. “I love that men are taking a stand against violence. It's pretty awesome. We need the funds to keep doing what we do."

Over $15,000 were raised for this year’s event, as men slipped into high heeled shoes for a one mile race that looped around the mall. More than 50 men -- including Gov. Bill Walker, Eddie P from radio station KFAT 92.9, and local drag queen Miss Daphne -- took part in the race.

From the Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club, to local ironworkers and all walks of law enforcement, Saturday's gathering showed the city's unity in fighting sexual assault.

"Unfortunately it’s an epidemic in our state, and so to raise awareness and raise money for STAR, which is a fantastic organization -- they do so much for the community, and so much for victims and education,” said corrections officer Tommy Quinlan. "To be a part of that and get behind something like that, Corrections had to get behind it.”

Quinlan personally raised over $2,000 for STAR, while newly promoted Anchorage police Sgt. Gerard Asselin was the top earner, bringing in over $2,800. The ironworkers won the race, and a fun time was had for a very serious cause.

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