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UNC Women Vow to Take Back the Night

Posted March 19, 1998

— Every two minutes in the United States, a woman is raped. Every 15 seconds a woman is beaten. Too often, college students become victims. Some people at UNC are trying to stop the attacks against women.

It's an event that's been observed on college campuses for 20 years. Students at Carolina gathered on campus Thursday night to say women will no longer tolerate sexual violence against them.

They came from all over campus, carrying signs, candles and a message-- stop violence against women. It's called "Take Back the Night," s rally where women come together and tell not just their stories, but the stories of friends and family members who have been victims of some kind of violence.

"The hardest part is healing and getting past it and knowing that its not something that you did," explains rally organizer Elizabeth Owen. "It's a problem throughout our culture. For people to know they're not alone, and there is someone to talk to, I think that's the most important part of an event like tonight."

Friday will conclude women's week on campus.


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