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UVA Students Launch Take Back the Night 2013

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Some University of Virginia students are taking a stand against sexual abuse. This week, they're hosting a series of events to raise awareness about the issue.

Take Back the Night  is an annual week of events at UVA. The goal is to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence and show community support for survivors.

The events include a panel discussion, a sexual misconduct board mock trial, and a poetry slam. The week's events culminate with a rally and vigil in the UVA amphitheater on Thursday night.

Organizers say 25 percent of women in college have been sexually assaulted - a higher rate than the general public.

"There's a lot of students who are affected by dating violence and intimate partner violence who are suffering in silence and have a hard time openly talking about this issue... and events such as 'how to date a survivor' panel and the vigil are meant to provide a safe forum for
survivors to share their story with everyone," said Saha Khaterzai, Take Back The Night chair.

Take Back the Night starts Monday and goes through Thursday. Events are open to UVA students as well as the public.

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