Virginia Tech students Take Back the Night

BLACKSBURG (WSLS10)-- Virginia Tech students join activists around the world to take back the night. The international event spreads awareness about sexual assault and gender-based crime.

Students at VT have hosted the event for 27 years in a row. Faculty adviser and member of Blacksburg Town Council, Susan Anderson, has been a part of the event for 25 of those years. She says she's seen a change in the community.

"The change, I think, is people's attitudes," says Anderson. "it used to be, people didn't talk about gender-based violence. Now I feel like people feel a little more comfortable talking about it, there are more and more resources available in our community and other communities to combat it."

The event features students sharing their own experiences with assault, followed by a march through Downtown Blacksburg.