OSHKOSH - UW-Oshkosh Senior Kailyn Peters told FOX 11 every step walked during Take Back the Night is one toward empowerment.
"We're trying to promote that it is a safe area that we're living in,"said Peters.
It's been more than a month since three young women reported they were almost assaulted near the UW-Oshkosh campus.Police say they are still working on those cases and in the past week, police have dealt with two cases of alleged child enticement. All together it's left Peters feeling uneasy.
"Sometimes you feel like you have to be a prisoner on your own campus when it shouldn't feel that way," said Peters.
Event co-chair Shelly Maxwell said Take Back the Night is about standing up to sexual violence. Not about blaming victims or creating a culture of fear.
"We support victims, we want victims to come forward and report so we can figure out who the perpetrators are," said Maxwell.
And although it can sometimes seem like this is only a women's issue, men like Marc Brink beg to differ.
"I grew up in a home with domestic violence, my father was violent to my mother, so it's a mission for me," said Brink.
Brink was among many giving out information before the march. Participants were able to learn about sexual violence, the signs and what they can do to and where they can go for help.
"Really taking the stance that it's the whole community's responsibility, not just the victim or the perpetrator of the violence," said Maxwell.
Participants of Take Back the Night say it's about providing education to stop sexual violence before it happens.
"Preventing those who attack we have to change that mentality out there," said Peters.
This is the Fox Valley's 23rd Annual Take Back the Night. The national movement has been going on since the 19-70's.
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