"Take Back the Night" gives sexual assault victims a voice

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On Monday, several local organizations came together to educate the community on the issue through their event, Take Back the Night.

This year's rally, held by the Chippewa County Family Support Center, stresses the importance of listening as a way to help victims.

In the City of Eau Claire and Chippewa County combined, more than 400 people asked for help from the center because of sexual assaults last year.

Event organizers say the event was about those victims and their stories.

"Every year we like to hold a rally in support of sexual assault survivors to give them a safe opportunity and space to speak out about experiences that have happened to them, they're a marginally silenced community so we want to give them a voice," says Amanda Leikes, of the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault.

The event featured music from Bridget Lyons, a musician and assault survivor.

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