Stockton Students March Against 'Rape Culture'

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On Wednesday, April 26th, Stockton University students rallied around their campus to take a stand against "rape culture."

“A lot of people are angry, and this is a problem that’s not OK,” says Liz Alexander, a co-founder of the March Against Rape Culture. “Why is it still happening if so many people care about it?”

“Yes means yes, and no means no," is the message that a few Stockton students are trying to spread.

“Our goal is to combat rape culture and slut shaming,” says Alexander. “We really want the world to be a place where all people feel accepted and we think rape culture is a huge issue.”

“Even though Stockton is small, it is something that needs to be talked about,” says Amanda Gonzalez, also a co-founder of the march.

What started several years ago as a freshman service learning project for these two women, the March to End Rape Culture has turned into something much bigger.

For the fourth year in a row, students prepare posters and ribbons before taking to the campus.

Why is it still happening if so many people care about it?

“It’s something big at this school,” says Gonzalez, adding that many students join the march even if they didn't intend to initially. “There [have] been times where we’re marching and people are like, 'Hey what’s going on?' and will add on to the march,” said Gonzalez.

With every ribbon and button sold, the proceeds go towards the on-campus Women’s Gender and Sexuality Center at Stockton.

After the march, the women host an open-mic panel to talk about resources and share stories in hopes of inspiring whomever is listening to keep the conversation going.

“I came into college wanting to be an environmental studies major, and now I’m a sociology major with a minor in women’s studies," says Alexander. "I just want to make the world a better place.”

Giving women and women a chance to make their voices heard.

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