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MORGANTOWN -

After the Gold-Blue Spring Game concludes on Saturday, the WVU football team will be taking off its cleats and asking its fans to put on a pair of high heels for a good cause.

Morgantown will host an event called Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Sunday, April 22 in an effort to fight sexual assault worldwide. Four Mountaineers football players will be on hand to help raise awareness for an issue they believe needs to be taken head on.

"I was offered the opportunity to be a spokesperson for the event and having three sisters and also a mother, it's definitely a situation that's very pertinent in my life today," said Willie Milhouse, who recently played his last game at WVU in the Orange Bowl. "I wanted to take a chance and give back to the community and raise awareness for this topic."

In addition to Milhouse, running back Shawne Alston, offensive lineman Jeff Braun and Morgantown High School graduate and WVU fullback Anthony Gutta will be at the event.

"I felt moved by it and being an athlete gives you a chance to be a part of something like this and stand for something," Gutta said. "I want to not only let my voice be heard, but let those who are affected by rape and violence be heard, too."

Over 100 events like this will be held in the United States just in the month of April alone, with several others featured throughout the remainder of the year.

Milhouse, who is wrapping up his education at WVU after his senior year on the football team, can now rattle off a number of startling statistics he has learned with regards to sexual assault and says more people need to be talking about this issue.

"It's very alarming to me to hear numbers like that and know that I could be affected by one of my teammates being in a situation like this or my sister or my mother or my girlfriend," Milhouse said. "These are very difficult numbers to hear."

He points out that many of his fellow students have likely been impacted by sexual assault and he shares what he believes is a surprising statistic to many – that 10 percent of reported sexual assault cases in the United States are from male victims.

Still, the purpose of the walk is to put on high heels in a show of unity in support of the women who suffer from assault around the world.

The Morgantown walk, which will begin at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, does not require men to wear heels, but encourages it as part of the participation.

Rain or shine, the walk will be held with registration beginning at noon and going up until 1 p.m. The walk itself is from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and throughout the event the WVU student athletes will be available for autographs and questions.

Gutta believes he is in a position with the football team to help make an impact in the community and he wants to do what he can to set a positive example and bring attention to an important cause.

"I don't feel that it's an obligation, but I really think it's an advantage. We get an opportunity that most students, most people don't get," Gutta said. "It's a good chance for us to stand for something and to be a part of the community and really help those around us."

You can join Gutta and the other Mountaineers on Sunday and if you'd like more information, head over to the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center's website.

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