While most of the student group's meetings attract about 20 members, more than twice as many came to Toy Lounge in Dey Hall on Wednesday night to discuss the facts of sexual violence and share their own experiences.
Speakers were meant to feel like they were in a "safe space" to discuss very personal feelings involving sexual violence and rape, said Carrie Goodman, a freshman English major who is a member of FSU.
The evening began with a short speech from Carisa Showden, a graduate student studying political science.
She gave several facts about rape, saying, "As we all know, most rapes and attempted rapes are not reported. A woman is much, much, much more likely to be assaulted by someone she knows and not a stranger."
Showden said women should be aware that the two most deadly places for women are the kitchen and the bedroom.
She also said that the gender inequality in our culture contributes to rape, and that sexual violence will continue as long as there is sexual inequality.
Showden's talk was followed by a story from Teri Ziemke, a junior women's studies major, about the frequency of abuse. "Typically (abuse) is something we don't think about and that we take for granted," Ziemke said.
She said women must be on the lookout for common signs of a future abuser. "There are a lot of underlying issues that can discern what an attempted batterer might look like," she said.
She named jealousy, controlling behavior and rapid intimacy as three common traits of abusive relationships.