Georgia College hosts sexual-assault 'speakout'

Dozens of students gathered at Georgia College and State University to support victims of sexual assault.

The college's Women Center hosted what they call a survivor speakout called "Take Back the Night."

It happened on the school's Old Courthouse Lawn Thursday night.

Survivors shared their stories and how they've recovered.

They also gave advice to their peers.

The speakout ended with a candlelight vigil to celebrate the survivors gaining strength by sharing their struggle.

"You're not gonna get anything more real than a survivor themselves standing up there, see the tears being shed from their eyes," said Kathryn Tapp, a student at the college, "Finding out what happened to brings a certain sense of realness that other seminars aren't going to provide for you."

Another student, Rachel Dent said, "It opens their eyes to the reality that this does happen around everybody, even if people don't speak out about it. There are people that are sitting in a class beside you, or at work or in the car beside you in traffic that has been a victim of it and you would not even know, unless they told you themselves."

The speakout was just one of the events during Georgia College's Sexual Assault Awareness Week. The last event, a bystander intervention seminar, will take place Friday afternoon at 2.


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