Sexual assault rally held on VCU campus

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On the campus of VCU Wednesday night, hundreds of people impacted by sexual assault took to the streets to "Take Back the Night."

The annual event is designed to bring light to the impact that sexual violence has on its victims.

In addition to the march around campus, participants heard from sexual assault survivors and participated in a clothesline project featuring t-shirts decorated by sexual assault survivors.

The goal is to help people understand how serious the problem is.

"To raise awareness and help the community understand that this is a global epidemic across the world." said Shalise Bates-Pratt.

Supporters of the Take Back the Night effort say many victims of sexual assault often suffer in silence — and they more that people speak out, the better chance they have of seeking help.

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