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March highlights violence
2:00pm Friday 4th January 2013 in News
WOMEN will take to the streets to demonstrate they have a right to feel safe on a night out.
The Reclaim the Night march will take place in the city centre on Friday, March 8, to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The demonstration aims to make women feel safe about going out and confident enough to report any sex attacks.
The evening march is expected to attract at least 200 women who will then go on to Oxford Town Hall for an event where the Oxford Young Women’s Music Project will perform.
Organiser Clare Cochrane said the march would be timed so people getting ready to go on a night out would see it.
She said: “It’s about raising awareness about violence against women and that it is still going on.
“Women have a right to go out and not fear being sexually assaulted.”
Natalie Brook, manager of the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, added: “It’s an opportunity for women and their supporters to come together to talk about violence against women.”