Women "Rise Up" and Dance in Logan to End Violence Against Women

Feb 20, 2013

That was the message of the one billion rising flash mob that took place Thursday, also known as Valentine's day, with the goal of ending violence against women. While flash mobs, dancing to those lyrics, occured around the world on Thursday, Logan got it's own taste with a flashmob in front of the historic courthouse and in the USU Taggart Student Center, all ages of women and some men, participated in the dance.
Logan's Community Abuse Preventative Services Agency (CAPSA) organized the event. CAPSA's Michelle Merill, operations director, said the one billion is a number that relates to all women in the world.

"One in three women on the planet will be abused or sexually assaulted in their lifetime," Merrill said. "Which equals about one billion women on the planet. So that's where the one billion rising came from. Everybody needs to be educated on it- it doesn't just happen from a stranger in a dark alley. This happens with people you know. In fact, that's the most common kind of violence and sexual assault, is someone you know."

To bring the issue home, Merrill said the regional statistic for women who are raped and abused is on with the national level, which is one in three women.

"We have a lot of work to do, there's still a lot of education that needs to be brought forth to the plate because so many people think it doesn't happen here."

If you, or someone you know has been, or is struggling with rape, abuse, or incest, visit CAPSA.org to learn how to get help.