CENTER CITY (WTXF) - Hundreds of people gathered at Center City’s Thomas Paine Plaza to send a message: resist and end rape culture.
Men, women and teens showed up with signs and strength Saturday afternoon for the sixth annual March to End Rape Culture. The event grows each year at a time when headlines of alleged sexual assault dominate the weekly news cycle.
More women are coming forward to say “Me Too,” though event organizers say female victims need to be taken more seriously, as, they say, evidenced by the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.
“You have men coming forward, you know, with the priests, and that movement, after 20-30 years, saying ‘I was assaulted,’ and it’s met with outrage. And, then you have women coming forward who don’t want to see someone like that sitting on our Supreme Court, and it’s met with blame, and it’s met with ‘Why didn’t you report?’ and it’s met with shame. I mean, the poor woman had to move out of her home,” said Robin Strough, with the March to End Rape Culture.
Several vendors and organizations work with the March to End Rape Culture to give victims a safe space, full of resources and information.
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