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Dozens march against violence at UH "Take Back the Night" rally

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MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of people, including women, men, students, faculty and administration, marched against gender violence in an event called "Take Back the Night," held Wednesday night at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The event began with a march at Frear Hall. The group, holding signs and chanting, marched through an area around several residence halls, and then continued to the Center for Hawaiian Studies, where more students and others had gathered for a rally and concert.

Organizers of the student-led event said that while violence, such as date rape, is still a problem, steps are being made and awareness is being boosted.

"It's really nice of us to remember to celebrate the progress that we do make," said organizer Fawn Jade Koopman, a student at the William S. Richardson School of Law. "And the university and the administration and campus security we've all come together to make a commitment to make even more progress and that's what we're celebrating."

"We want everybody to learn and live and socialize in a secure place, where they feel safe and included and protected," said UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, who also marched to the rally. "And so everybody's making a statement, that that's their goal as well."

This is the third such event held at UH Manoa, although it hasn't been held on a regular basis. Organizers want to make "Take Back the Night" an annual event.

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