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March held at ETSU to raise awareness of violence against women

Rex Barber • Feb 14, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Statistics indicate that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.

In an effort to change that staggering number, the One Billion Rising event was organized to raise awareness of violence against women. This event was recognized by students on the campus of East Tennessee State University Thursday.

Shae Keane, an ETSU student who helped organize activities for One Billion Rising, which included a march around campus as a way to participate in the global event, said violence against women happens in any community.

Keane said One Billion Rising was an event held for the first time Thursday and that 200 nations participated to create awareness of violence against women.

“This is probably the biggest global activist movement in history, I would think,” Keane said. “So this is the first time it’s happened, ever.”

Students gathered near the school’s amphitheater just before 1 p.m. Thursday with signs declaring that violence against women must stop and encouraging action on the matter. The crowd marched from the amphitheater around campus displaying the message to anyone who was near.

“The reason it’s called One Billion Rising is the statistic is actually that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, and so that’s one billion women on the whole planet,” Keane said. “So the idea is that one billion women, men, children, those that love women and their lives will stand and show that this matters and start to make change to these issues.”

The event will continue tonight at Galaxy Lounge, 216 E. Main St., in downtown Johnson City with a dance from 7-11 p.m.

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