Sexual assault survivors march at UNR

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - Survivors of sexual assault gathered to share their stories and march on campus at the University of Nevada, Reno.

The event put on by Generation Action at Nevada was full of tears and empowerment Friday night.

“Take Back the Night” happens globally, where survivors of sexual assault, some for the first time, stand up and recount the act or acts they say forever changed their lives.

The night started with Kimleigh Smith, a guest performer who travels the world telling her story of sexual assault and who is fighting to stop sexual violence with her skits and developing projects.

The night ended with the survivors and their supporters marching around campus shouting chants: "Yes means yes. No means no."

One event organizer and survivor says this event not only raises awareness; it gives survivors a space to talk about their experiences and be understood. She shared for the first time last year and did again Friday night.

"I was terrified when I was standing up there at the mike but afterwards I felt so much better. There were times before that when it all of a sudden it just hit me and I'd just start crying, out of absolutely nowhere. You know, I wouldn't think that I was going to have a breakdown and then all of a sudden I would. But afterwards I think facing it head on really helped me accept what had happened and then start to move past it,” says event organizer and survivor Greta Sturm.

Handfuls of stories were shared. Out of respect for the survivors no video or pictures were allowed during the speaking-out portion of the evening.

There were many resources for survivors on hand at the event.

In case you or someone you know is looking for help, below is a list of organizations and contact information.

On-Campus:

Confidential Victim Advocates: (775) 771-8724
Counseling Center: (775) 784-4648
Sexual Assault Reporting Line: (775) 784-1030
Title IX Office: (775) 784-1547

Local Community:

Domestic Violence Resource Center: (775) 329-4150
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
NV Crisis Support Services: (800) 273-8255
SASS Sexual Assault Hotline: (775) 221-7600
Safe Embrace: (775) 322-3466
Tu Casa Latina: (775) 432-9929

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