WCU community marches for a cause

Students at Western Carolina University participated in “Take Back the Night” to raise awareness for women who have been sexual abused and break the silence about sexual violence.

“Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, date rape has got to go,” was one of many chants said by the dozens of Greek lettered organizations participated in the annual international Red Zone event on Wednesday, Aug. 17.  They marched from the Village Commons to the University Center Grand Room.

“This experience was fun and my sisters and I do it every year,” said a member of Greek lettered sorority Delta Zeta, Brooke Parker.

For Kiara Walcott, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. this was her first time but she will be doing it again.

The march has been the kickoff of the event since it has started. Sarah Carter, the member of the Intercultural Affairs department who is over the event, is continuously happy with the results of the program year after year.

Members of both sororities and fraternities signed the Red Zone pledge. This pledge was design to be against sexual assault and dating violence. It was also designed to promote healthy relationships and safe dating.

Organizations who have signed the Red Zone pledge will have their names included on the wall of Red Zone Central, which will be located in the gallery on the 2nd floor of the University Center during the months of August and September

“2, 4, 6, 8, No more violence! No more hate,” the participants chanted.