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TAKE BACK THE NIGHT IN ORONO 

THEY GATHERED TOGETHER….TO SHARE STORIES… ADVICE… AND HOPE FOR PEOPLE WHO’VE BEEN ABUSED OR ASSAULTED…..

STUDENTS AT U-MAINE TUESDAY TOOK BACK THE NIGHT.

&quot:none of us should be afraid to walk alone in the night&quot:

AND THEY SAY NO ONE SHOULD BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP IF THEY’RE BEING ASSAULTED OR ABUSED.

&quot:violence is a way of asserting power and control. Men perpetrate the majority of violence but this is usually framed as a women’s issue.&quot:

SPEAKERS INCLUDING STATE REP EMILY CAIN SAY THEY’RE MAKING PROGRESS COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE…BUT THERE’S STILL A WAY TO GO.

&quot:the stat that I hear in Augusta a lot is 1 in 5 people in Maine is affected by domestic violence. 1 in 5 that’s way too many. 1 is 1 too many but 1 in five is even worse.&quot:

AS NIGHT FELL, STUDENTS PICKED UP CANDLES AND MARCHED THROUGH CAMPUS.

&quot:end the silence stop the violence&quot:

SOME WERE INSPIRED TO HELP THE CAUSE.

&quot:i think there’s a lot of hope that goes along with an event like this.&quot:

&quot:if you talk to somebody you can know that there’s other people out there that have gone through the same kind of thing, and that there’s people out there that care about you.

MELANIE ROCKEFELLER HELPED ORGANIZE THE RALLY AND VIGIL, TO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT.

&quot:to be able to be safe walking wherever and just let people know that it is not okay for domestic violence to happen and it’s not okay for rape and assault to happen, and there’s resources available if they do happen.&quot:

IF YOU NEED HELP OR YOU’D LIKE TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT THIS ISSUE, SPRUCE RUN OPERATES A 24-HOUR HOTLINE FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC ABUSE…..
YOU CAN REACH THEM AT 1-800 8-6-3 99-09…..