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SFA students take back the night in honor of sexual assault awareness month

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SFA students and sexual assault advocates took to the streets of Nacogdoches with signs in hand in an effort to take back the night.

 "Anytime and anywhere its not just at night but woman don't have to be fearful at night," said Joy Pitts, Primary Prevention Coordinator Family Crisis Center.

The goal of Friday night's walk was to shatter the silence in support of sexual assault victims and raise awareness throughout the community.

 "We have a tendency to not want to talk about the bad stuff that happens to us and this is a forum for people to come," said Pitts.

SFA Director of Counseling Jill Milem says sexual assault is common on college campuses and says it's essential that students know their boundaries.

"Its real important for college students to understand what sexual assault is and to spread the word that its unacceptable," said Milem.

 Senior Meghan Turner told her peers 60 percent of sexual assault cases go unreported on college campuses.

"I'm a part of the Greek community so I see 100 girls and things like this happen all the time," said Turner.    

 Turner says freshman are most at risk, from the time they move in until thanksgiving break.

"They are new to the college experience they don't really know what to do and alcohol is a huge factor," said Turner.

 But advocates say anyone can become a victim and they hope spreading their message will keep someone safe.

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