"Take Back the Night" in Burlington

Published 04/17 2014 11:11PM

Updated 04/17 2014 11:26PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - A rally and march was held to help end sexual assaults on college campuses.
This comes as President Barack Obama has ordered more be done to prevent assaults and hold colleges accountable.

Sexual assault organizations say one in four women have survived rape or an attempted rape. Most of those go unreported.

At UVM Thursday, you couldn't miss the 34th annual "Take Back the Night." And that's the point.

"It's something that happens and shouldn't be shrugged off," says Catherine Manning, a UVM student.

This was a rally and march to bring awareness to sexual assaults.

To help with that cause, President Obama recently set up a task force to look into the problem and solutions.

"How important our services are and how important events are to the community," says Elle Petcavage, HOPE Works program director.

The president wants to make sure colleges to do more to prevent assaults and hold them accountable if they don't.

HOPE Works, formerly the Women's Rape Crisis Center, says in the last year it's seen a nine percent increase in people asking for help.

"We don't have all the information for why the increases happen. We hope that we're doing a better job reaching out with our services," says Petcavage.

In just one year, HOPE Works says it helped 745 survivors and their family members.

"It's so important for people to be aware that can happen, that do happen every day," says Manning.

Sexual violence does not just affect women. About ten-percent of survivors of rape or attempted rape are men.

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