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March against sexual assault held at UWL

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Around 200 gathered on Nov. 10, 2021, at the clock tower at UW-La Crosse in support of sexual assault victims on campus.

“We see you, and we believe you.” 

That was one message to survivors of sexual assault, by speakers at a Wednesday gathering on the UWL campus. 

The late afternoon event included remarks from Blythe McConaughey, the university’s violence prevention specialist.

“Change doesn’t happen with one group of people at one event,” she said. “It happens with a whole movement. Let’s keep going after tonight, and show the world that at UW-La Crosse, we stand with survivors, we hold perpetrators accountable, and we take care of each other.”

About 200 people attending the gathering then took a march across the university campus, where a number of sexual assaults have been reported in recent weeks.     

At the university clocktower, Provost Betsy Morgan said she’s “angry” and “sad” that such demonstrations are still being held, after decades of activism against sexual assault.  But Morgan also said she sees positive changes in trying to reduce sexual assaults and help those who have been targeted by attackers.

“I think we listen to survivors more,” said Morgan. “I think we place the blame more squarely on perpetrators, where it belongs. I think we provide more support for survivors and their healing process, and we more fully acknowledge the long-term impact of being a survivor.”  

Survivors at the event were encouraged to seek help at the campus counseling center, if they need it.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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