MARQUETTE - Area law enforcement groups recently marked the beginning of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Law enforcement representatives received teal ribbons to put on patrol cars in recognition of their role in sexual violence prevention.
Other area events planned to mark the month include the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at 6 p.m. Tuesday at NMU's Bottum University Center.
Kicking off April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month by holding the annual teal ribbon tie-on event recently are, from left, criminal justice intern Kim Davis, Lt. Don Peterman of Northern Michigan University Public Safety, Forysth Township Police Department Chief Tim Rector, officer Tim Forslund of the Marquette City Police Department, Marquette Women's Center sexual assault awareness advocate Kelly Laakso and officer Jon LeGalley of the Chocolay Township Police Department.
The Marquette Women's Center, Public Safety, the Health Promotion's Office, Women 4 Women and the NMU Cosmetology students at the 10th annual event. The walk kicks off at the University Center in the Great Lakes Rooms. Men are encouraged to attend and wear high heel shoes to express male peer support for sexual assault and domestic abuse awareness by walking in women's high heels.
Free foot massages will be available after the walk.
The community is welcome to join in the free event, with high heels optional.