Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is an evening of our community coming together to support Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, its mission, and the survivors we know and love. It is impossible not to know someone who has been impacted by sexual violence, even if you have not been told.

April 11, 2019, marks the tenth anniversary of Walk A Mile in Columbia. Over the past nine years, thousands of South Carolinians, including survivors, have walked with STSM and shown their support of ending violence in our state. Walk A Mile has given a voice to an experience shared by 1 in 4 women and 1 in 33 men.

Last year alone, 1,487 superheroes walked a mile for sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents, classmates, coworkers, daughters, sons, neighbors, cousins, uncles, friends, spouses, and partners, and raised $97,000 for trauma-focused healing services provided by STSM.

As much as we have done and as far as we have come, there is still more left to do in the fight for a safer South Carolina.


Walk A Mile In Their Shoes is full of fun, excitement, and maybe some sore feet. Walkers are encouraged to wear the opposite gender's shoes, but of course not required. Find out more about shoes here.


Walk A Mile begins at the South Carolina State House Grounds, on the main lawn facing Gervais Street and Main Street. When you arrive at the State House, you will see the registration table. If you did not collect your t-shirt at the t-shirt pick up dates, you can pick it up there.

Day of Walk A Mile Timeline

5:00 p.m. - Pre-walk activities, registration, and t-shirt pick up

6:15 p.m. - Opening ceremonies

6:30 p.m. - Walk starts with Grand Marshals leading

6:50 p.m. - Closing ceremonies with announcements of Walk A Mile award winners

This is a family-friendly event, and it will take place rain or shine. Our goal is to have outpouring of community support to bring awareness to sexual assault and end sexual violence in our community. Men, women, children, and leashed four-legged friends of all ages are invited to participate.

Event Map and Walk Route

Walk A Mile happens at the SC State House, where the red box is located on the map to the left.

The walk route (red arrows on map) is approximately 3/4 of a mile and goes down Main Street, where walkers will then take a right on to Hampton Street. Walkers will take a right on Sumter Street and walk to Gervais Street, where they will head back to the State House. The walk ends at the steps of the South Carolina State House.


Parking for Walk A Mile

Participants can park in the garages identified by the blue squares on the map and are encouraged to park in the non-gated garages (noted with *):

  • City of Columbia Lady Street Garage at 1100 Lady Street

  • The Tower Garage at 1301 Gervais Street

  • City of Columbia Washington Street Garage at 1100 Washington Street*

  • City of Columbia PJ Cannon Garage at 1227 Taylor Street*

  • City of Columbia Taylor Street Garage at 1100 Taylor Street*


Parking is also available at meters along Assembly, Sumter, Lady, and Marion Streets.

Parking fees may apply.