Rally at Radford University raises awareness of campus sexual assault

Keynote speaker Tim Mousseau Shares Story With Students

RADFORD - On April 12, hundreds of highlanders at Radford University joined Take Back the Night rally.

As an international event and nonprofit organization, Take Back the Night wants to end sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms.

For the first time in years, Radford University's Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support (SAVES) organized this rally to raise awareness of campus sexual assault and break the stigma for those seeking support, said SAVES Director Kelly Rubin.

"SAVES was excited to revive the tradition," Rubin said.

More than 550 students, faculty, and staff attended a program led by keynote speaker Tim Mousseau before the march. Mousseau is a survivor of sexual assault. He travels around the country to share his story.

"Tim provided a powerful message that hit home with a lot of our student’s own experiences," Rubin said.

SAVES, Greek Life and the Student Government Association (SGA) collaborated to host Mousseau on behalf of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Greek Week and the Consent campaign.

Throughout the event, advocates from SAVES, Student Counseling Services, and the Women's Resource Center provided support for those seeking counsel.

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