Give Now

Indiana State Students Raise Awareness For Sexual Violence

Indiana State University students held a rally Tuesday aimed at reducing sexual violence in the state.

ISU Students

Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU-WTIU News

ISU students participate in Take Back the Night, a rally to raise awareness of sexual violence.

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.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook