March and rally held on UF campus to "Take Back the Night", stop sexual violence
STRIVE (Sexual Trauma Interpersonal Violence Education) a peer education group at UF, hosted a march and rally April 4th to stop sexual violence.
Over 300 students gathered at the Plaza of the Americas and marched to "Take Back the Night."
"Here at UF we have a variety of speakers, a mile march, and then we have a open mic portion for survivors to take the stage and talk about their experiences," Event coordinator Marie Grath said.
Grath said they want to make sure survivors feel safe and empowered and to let them know their community stands with them.
"We will try as hard as we can to keep sexual violence from happening in the future," Grath said.
Sophia Eikenberry is a student at the University of Florida. She said she was at the rally tonight as a survivor and marched as a part of her healing process.
"It's really important to not feel alone especially with something like this and to know that you're not isolated...support is one of the most important things in coping with a sexual assault," Eikenberry said.
STRIVE is hosting another event on April 6th called "What Were You Wearing" to try and stop victim blaming. This will be at 5:30pm at the Reitz Union on Campus.
For more information about the event you can find it here.