Dozens of Indiana University students and community members gathered in downtown Bloomington Thursday night to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexual assault and domestic violence. The march from Dunn Meadow to the courthouse was part of a national movement known as Take Back The Night.
Katie Carlson spoke to the group before the march. She is a survivor of sexual assault, and says wants to show people that anyone can become a victim and it’s not something to be ashamed of.
“This is a very real issue that happens to real people,” she says. “It was a first for me, and not something that I have particularly talked about before, but this seemed like a good opportunity.”
The Take Back the Night movement began in the 1970’s to shed light violence towards women. The IU event is organized by the Women’s Student Organization and the Feminist Law Forum.