Colorado

Apr 29, 2010 3:26 AM by John Romero

Teens take a stand against sexual assault

The residents of Canon City come together to march and to take a stand against sexual assault. "It brings awareness to the issue of sexual assault, rape, incest, all of those things." explains march organizer Jenny Lehl, "And what we hope to obtain from it is community support for people that have been victims." It's all part of a movement called "Take Back the Night."

At the heart of the march are scores of teens from Canon City High School. "I just feel that people need to feel more comfortable in our community." says CCHS student Jesse Bell. They may be young, but they are ready to take a stand. In fact, the planning of the march is done by the students. "They own it, and that's a really awesome thing." says Lehl. "I just want people to see that teenagers are just a bad group of kids." explains Bell, "I want them to know that we do actually care. We care about what's going on in our community and we want to make a change."

It means everything to the adults like Lehl who help organize the event. For her the sight of hundreds of kids marching to take a stand means everything. "We have a generation of people who know the devastation unfortunately." she says "But they also know that they have within themselves the power to change."

 

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