Earlier this month, students at Columbia University in New York City held a protest against sexual violence. Roughly 800 of them.
They were participating in “Take Back the Night”, an annual event since 1978.
The program intends to draw attention to the issue of sexual violence in the college setting, and to provide a safe place for its victims.
Sexual assault victims often experience a sense of isolation. The event provides emotional support to them.
Similar marches against sexual violence have taken place across the nation, such as in Decatur, Illinois.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Read more in this Columbia [University] Spectator article: Hundreds take to the streets against sexual violence and this [Decatur, IL] Herald-Review article: Personal stories punctuate Take Back the Night march against sexual violence.