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2000 red flags represent assault, rape victims

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 11:41 PM

HUNTINGTON – The Women’s Center at Marshall University partnered with CONTACT Rape Crisis Center this week for RAINN Day.

That stands for Rape Abuse Incent National Network, which works to bring awareness to sexual violence, said Briana McElfish, a graduate assistant in the Women’s Center.

As part of the awareness campaign, 2,000 red flags were put into the ground at Buskirk Field Thursday. She said the flags represent students who statistically have been victims of assault or rape.

What she and others want the red flags to do is encourage the bystander intervention campaign. McElfish said when it comes to relationship and/or gender violence, bystanders have a responsibility to step in, say something or help the victim get assistance.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at 304-696-3112 or CONTACT Rape Crisis Center at 304-399-1111.

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