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i'm rudy williams. the topics of sexual harassment...and sexual assault... have been dominating recent headlines following dozens of sexual misconduct claims against former hollywood mogul harvey weinstein. the story has helped millions of other women come forward... even without the help of celebrity outrage. local 24's mary jo ola is live in the newsroom with what some people are doing to be a part of the solution to the issue. mary jo: earlier this week we reported on the me too social media story that gave a glimpse into the millions of women who have been a victim of sexual harrassment or assault. unfortunately those stories come after the misconduct. we met with men trying to prevent these crimes from happening. mary jo ola reporting: mike carpenter/advocate: "when it comes to domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, there is a major role for men to play in stopping this scurge on our community." former shelby county commissioner mike carpenter feels strongly about speaking up against domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault. it's something that hits close to home for him. mike carpenter/advocate: i grew up in a home where i had a stepfather who abused my mother. for years carpenter has taked part in memphis' "walk a mile in her shoes." men squeeze into high heels and march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. the point is raising awareness...and men need to be a part of stopping the behavior. mike carpenter/advocate: "i think it's too easy to sit and be quiet and not stir up controversy but if we don't speak out then the message that we're sending is that this activity ok." nats--heal the hood movie clip the heal the hood foundation in memphis makes films like this to get young people talking about what's right and wrong. ladell beamon/founder ceo heal the hood foundation memphis "some kids don't even know some of the things they're doing...the inappropriate touching , the name calling is wrong because they've been taught that." founder ladell beamon, is trying to change the hip hop culture of objectifying women by setting rules for young mid-south athletes and artists he mentors. ladell beamon/founder ceo heal the hood foundation memphis : "one of the rules is when they come into the studio booth they cannot say things that degrade women." but he and others can't do it alone. ladell beamon/founder ceo heal the hood foundation memphis this is a community issue we really got get in here and deal with it. memphis area women's council is hosting the 7th annual walk a mile in her shoes. it'll be next wednesday october 25 at the university of memphis. it starts at 5:30 at the ramses statue on central. 10-dollars to register. there's a suggest 5-dollar donation for students. mary jo: live in the newsroom... mary jo ola... local 24




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