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Men In Heels Relay

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Flemington, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - The 2nd Annual Men in Heels Relay was held on May 17th. As the name implies, the event involves men running relays in high heels. Saturday’s event raised over $14,000 for SAFE in Hunterdon, with donations still coming in. SAFE in Hunterdon works to help those who are victims and survivors of domestic violence. While the event does not seem to have anything to do with domestic violence, SAFE notes that the Men in Heels Relay was created to address serious issues in a lighthearted manner to get everyone involved in the movement against violence towards women.

To people like Kell Ramos, domestic violence hits home. His sister, Misty Dawn, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2011 and since her death, Ramos has been working to create a documentary film to honor his sister’s memory and promote domestic violence awareness. Ramos chose to step away from the cheering and the dancing of Saturday’s event, because while he respects the people involved, he struggles to support it.

"This event, this Men In Heels thing, is just not for me because they’re all happy. They’re playing music, they’re dancing, they’re doing the race, everyone’s clapping, it’s a great time, it’s very jovial. And to me, when I think about a domestic violence rally, I think about my sister lying on the floor with the strangulation marks around her neck," Ramos said.

Ramos also discussed how an event like this could be helpful to include those who might be too young to have such a serious discussion about domestic violence. He thinks it would allow conversations to begin at an earlier age and among families with children.

At the end of the day, for the public to be aware of certain issues, the public needs to know about them. This is why events like the Men in Heels Relay take place.


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