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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Empowering women and walking a mile in their shoes? Many men did that Thursday night for the YWCA.

Their mission is to eliminate racism and raise awareness for sexual violence.

It was hard to hold a straight face during some of these interviews because I would see men wobbling around in red pumps, but it was for a great cause.

The walk kicked off at MAC in downtown St. Louis for YWCA. A lot of folks get that mixed up with YMCA but this organization is all about giving women a voice.

One in three American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. The YWCA has a women`s resource center that has volunteers working around the clock to serve in-crisis intervention at area emergency rooms to victims of sexual violence, as well as group counseling.

Without money raised, the YWCA would not be able to offer clothes, shelter and support for women who have been victimized.

Last year was the first year they had this walk and not too many people showed up. This year they had close to 400 people participate. And next year they're hoping to have 1,000 people walk.

If you'd like more information about the YWCA Or if you would like to donate or volunteer click here