“Shatter the silence, end the violence,” they chanted.
First-year Margo Davison, the organizer of the “Change the Night” event, said she counted about 200 people who participated in some capacity and 130 who marched.
Davison said she hopes the event helps sexual assault survivors feel safe on campus.
“I hope that they just know there are a lot of people out there that believe them and that will be willing to hear their side of the story and support them,” she said. “I’m hoping they can find some healing and support through this march.”
The path of the march took participants past Fraternity Court on the way to Franklin Street, which Davison said was intentional.
“Initially we were going to walk by all parts of campus that have history of having sexual assaults there, but it was just too long,” she said. “So I thought that was an important testimony to give by walking past frat court.”
While the marchers crossed Cameron Avenue on their way back to the Pit, a male voice shouted “Build a wall!” from a passing car, to which a marcher responded “Go fuck yourself!”
“I’m just astounded that that kind of ignorant, disrespectful behavior is, like, a thing now,” Shaylyn Clancy, a sophomore participant, said of the passerby’s comment.