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Community Takes Stand Against Abuse of Women

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Dozens of community members joined a group of Charlottesville High School students for a very visual vigil on the downtown mall to take a stand against the abuse of women.

It was both a protest and a vigil.

Many expressed outrage about ongoing global violence against women. Others expressed sadness for the women who have already been abused.

“This is where we draw the line and we won't let it go on any longer,” said CHS student Ivy Geilker. “We need to stand together and be unified to stop it.”

Each flame lit at the vigil represents the millions of women who are abused.

“It is a national statistic done by many organizations, not only [Amnesty International], but many well recognized organizations that one in three women worldwide will be abused,” said Amelia Thompson, a student at CHS.

The vigil, called “We Are the Line” was sponsored by Charlottesville High School students who are out to make a difference.

“Even though I can’t vote, I can call my congressmen, I can show up at the White House to protest,” Thompson said. “You can sign petitions, you can write letters.”

Speakers, including Charlottesville's mayor, addressed global cruelty toward women.

“We want to work with other countries to make sure their governments take care of women better,”Geilker said.

The students circulated a petition supporting a law to put pressure on foreign countries.

“The petition is about IVAWA, which is the International Violence Against Women Act,” Geilker said. “It is very similar to VWA, which is the Violence Against Women Act.”

The students hope to raise awareness of the often unspoken concerns women face every day, even at home.

“I am no different than my brothers, but there is no reason I should feel like I can’t walk down the street at night when they can,” Geilker said.

Saturday was International Women's Day. Next year the students plan to visit other high schools to gather more support from their peers.

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