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Siena joins others in shedding light on violence against women

An event held at Siena College Friday, March 28, was part of a global effort to draw attention to and end violence against women and girls.

An event held at Siena College Friday, March 28, was part of a global effort to draw attention to and end violence against women and girls. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— The event culminated with all three dance groups and at least 100 students participating in a dance.

The event started on Valentine’s Day 2013 as an estimated one billion people in 207 countries around the world gathered and danced to support the movement to end violence against women and girls. The movement was created after national statistics stated one out of three women will be beaten or raped in the their lifetime.

This year’s event was sponsored by the college’s Anti Violence Task force. The group’s mission is to provide collaborative programs and resources to assist the Siena College community in recognizing, reporting and preventing sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking.

Southwest Airlines donated pizza and bottled water to the event. Other organizations on the campus came together to help promote the event as well.

Houston has participated in the program at Siena since it started last year. Houston was asked to participate because she reports on education and also does documentaries on women.

“They asked me to do this, and I thought what a great thing to be a part of,” said Houston.

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