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CHS Group Leads Vigil to End Violence against Women

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Friday night, a group from Charlottesville took a stand against the abuse of women.

Dozens from the community joined a group of Charlottesville High School students at a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about women targeted by violence. Statistically, one in three women will be a victim of sexual violence.

"When we saw that statistic we all decided we needed to stop and needed to organize you can't hear a statistic like that and then do nothing," said teacher Gene Osborn.

The high school's Amnesty International group organized the "We Are the Line" vigil. It marched along the downtown mall to help put a stop to violence against women of all ages.    

"It's not just older women; it's really young people, all genders, of all races who stand up and say ‘this is something we really need to stop,'" said student Amelia Thompson.

The young members aren't letting age stop them from being heard.   

"I think when people in power see that kids and young people find such a value, it's really much more powerful," Thompson said.    

Even gender didn't stand in the way.

"These are teenage boys and a lot of teenage boys aren't expected to have such empathy and such conviction but they're as upset about this cause and they're as motivated as the girls are," Osborn said.

One-hundred candles lined the ground, representing over a billion victims abused. People shared stories, poems and even songs about abuse, all with hopes to make a change.

"I as a man or as a guy can make a difference so I just wanted to do what I can," said student Chris Hays.

The group says Friday night is just a small step in the fight of violence against women. It hopes to launch the "We Are the Line" vigil all across the country.

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