Oshkosh, Wis. -
Supporters gathered on the UW-Oshkosh campus tonight to take a stand against sexual violence and domestic abuse. Organizers say this year's event was especially critical, after numerous sexual crimes made headlines in recent weeks.
"I think this event is a great way of reclaiming our campus and really letting offenders and perpetrators know this is not a place that we're going to tolerate that, and we're victim centered,” said event Co-Chair Shelly Maxwell.
The event started with a fair, complete with activities and booths promoting awareness. It also included a speaker, a 20-year victim of sexual assault who preferred to remain anonymous.
"Today I am certain my past pain was molding me for a night like tonight, to be silent no more. To no longer just survive, but to overcome,” they said.
Some attendees wore placards, displaying the identities of domestic homicide victims. 24-year-old Cindy Geiger wore the placard of a 22-year-old who was killed in a domestic incident.
"Just to get a different perspective, this is my third year coming here and it's very influential. So I just wanted a different idea of how victims might have felt,” she said.
The event ended in a march, with supporters looking to end sexual assault and domestic violence, and take back the night.