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SFA students support Sexual Assault Awareness Month with HBO featured speaker

SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil
SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil
SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil
SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil SFA students at Take Back the Night Vigil
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The SFA and Deep East Texas community took back the night by spreading awareness on sexual assault. 

The group hosted a guest who's been featured on TIME magazine to an HBO documentary for her work in preventing sexual violence. 

"So often this is a crime of silence," said Katie Koestner, the Executive Director of the Take Back Your Life Foundation. 

SFA students took steps to break the silence today by marching in the Take Back the Night event.  They chanted "2,4,6,8, no more date rape." 

"Take Back the Night started as a protest to unsafe streets," said Koestner. 

Koestner's work has been featured on Lifetime, NBC, and Good Morning America to name a few, but she says she travels to put a face to a crime of silence. 

"650 locations around the world, 15 different countries," said Koestner. 

Sharing not only her own accounts of becoming a victim of rape, but also the ways to support both women and men who have gone through it.   

"On our date I told him no but he didn't listen," Koestner began as she gave the entire account of her assault. 

"No one should be alone when they've been through sexual assault," said Koestner. 

The students were plenty carrying signs in hand and lighting candles to honor victims.    

Koestner shares her wisdom and says she's committed to stopping sexual violence.  Since 18, she has been breaking the silence.  

"Wherever we are we deserve that right to be respected," said Koestner. 

The Take Back the Night event was a success thanks to the partnerships of SFA, The S.A.V.E Coalition, and the Family Crisis Center.

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