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Hundreds rally around Capitol to end sexual assault

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By: Sabrina Ahmed

sahmed@klkntv.com

Rape victims are sometimes blamed because of their revealing clothing. There's a group that is working to end that stigma.

More than 100 people gathered on the steps of the capitol Saturday, banning together to stop sexual assault. Clare LaFrance organized the event. She says too often, the victim is blamed and they want to change that.

"We need to create a culture that has a zero tolerance for rape rather than a culture where it makes it seem as if the victim is inviting this sort of treatment," said LaFrance.

This group formed after an officer in Canada told a group that women wouldn't be raped if they didn't dress provocatively. Following that officer's statement, word quickly traveled to the US. Last year was the first organized walk in Lincoln.

"These women are already emotionally scarred enough. They don't need someone saying this is your fault because of what you were wearing," said Alexandra Sobzak.

Participants say the event in Canada was the straw that broke the camel's back. They say that event is shedding light on something that has been happening for a very long time. After multiple speakers, the crew took to the streets. They could be seen walking through downtown, shouting, and making a scene to draw attention to their cause.

 Organizers hope this walk will stop victim blaming when it's happening. They also hope it'll inspire more victims to report sexual assault.  

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