Indiana State’s Take Back the Night rally, aimed at bringing awareness to sexual violence, drew a crowd of a couple hundred people at the Student Union on Tuesday night.
Indiana has the second highest number of sexual assaults in the U.S., and ISU Junior Alex Jones says awareness is the first step in reducing that number.
“The woman’s studies puts it on to really try to get people together to try to recognize this behavior and try to eradicate violence, domestic violence, or gender violence,” Jones says. “This year we are focusing on unmasking the truth.”
Rally organizers and participants say they realize it’s not just women who are susceptible to sexual assault. ISU Junior Cory Fisher said he wants people to recognize that sexual violence is a reality in their own communities.
“Everybody knows somebody somewhere else and if it happens here they can tell somebody there, and it just goes on and on,” Fisher says.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of woman and about 25 percent of men in Indiana have experienced sexual violence other than rape. One in five women in the state is a victim of rape.