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‘One Billion Rising’ walk brings community together

AMHERST - Dozens of people came out to show their support for the One Billion Rising walk Wednesday night.

Lindsay Taylor, Alexa Coleman and Stephanie Small getting ready to take part in the ‘One Billion Rising’ walk that promotes assault on women.

The walk is meant to show people that one in every three women will be physically or sexually assaulted in their life and that with the public help, we can put it to a stop.

The walk began at the Amherst Wal-Mart and finished at the NCSS across the street.

It began in 2013 and since then has been held in 2014 and this year.

“I think it’s very important, especially for the people of Amherst, to show our support to other countries where this is a much larger issue,” said Const. Tom Wood of the Amherst Police.

The event brought out dozens of people, some who support this event every year it’s held and some for the first time.

Although this event is only held once a year, it’s meant to let people know that violence against women happens all across the world every day.

For first time supporters, the number of cases surprised them.

“The amount of sexual assault cases against women is astonishing, but the number of ones that don’t get reported is also high,” said Michelle LeBlanc, a first time supporter of the walk.

The walk isn’t just to let people know the amount of women that are assaulted, it’s also to let people know that they can contact the police if they are assaulted and they shouldn’t be scared to tell anyone.

The walk is normally held in Feb. but this year the Amherst Police decided to hold it in April because this month is Sexual Assault Awareness month.

- Written by AJ MacLeod



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