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Michiana College students fighting back against sexual assault

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Michiana Women are fighting back against sexual assault. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.  It's a scary statistic.  And here's another one, 60% of sexual assaults go unreported.  Thursday night St. Mary's College and Notre Dame came together to break the silence surrounding sexual assaults.

 

Students kicked off the take back the night event on St. Mary's college.  They then walked to Notre Dame for a Candle light vigil and March.  But they want the whole community to hear their message....that sexual assault can happen to anyone anywhere.

 

Genevive Spittler a St. Mary's College Student said she's had friends affected by sexual assault.  "It's frustrating and so upsetting that somebody has violated another person," said Spittler.

That's why she and several other students gathered for take back the night.  An event aimed to raise awareness.

 

Connie Adams with the Belles Against Violence Office said, "It can happen to anyone which is the reality of why we need to be talking about the issue."  Because the victims often don't talk about it themselves.  "Sometimes there's concern over the stigma associated with that.  Sometimes there's the urge to want to forget about what happened," said Adams.

 

At Notre Dame music, prayers and candles helped to highlight the fact that one out of every six women will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime.  But it's not just an issue for women and it's not just an issue that needs to be talked about on college campuses.  St Mary's College Student Megan Considine said, "really can happen to anyone no one ever deserves it."

 

Another Take Back the Night event will be held in Downtown South Bend Thursday April 26th.

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