Dozens rally to support victims of sexual assault in South Bend

Published: Oct. 6, 2018 at 7:11 PM EDT
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In light of Saturday's vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, dozens of people across Michiana gathered to rally in support of victims of sexual assault.

Saturday afternoon, they gathered at the Jon Hunt Plaza to thank U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana for his vote not to confirm Kavanaugh, saying he listened to his constituents.


People also had a chance to register to vote at Saturday's gathering. Event organizers wanted to remind everyone that their votes do count. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9, this coming Tuesday.

"There's a lot of folks who have been really triggered by the conversations around sexual violence, so there's a lot of folks we know who don't feel safe showing up," local educator and community activist April Lidinsky said. "It's a really challenging time, so we want to say that we believe you, we are with you and we want people to look around and remember that there are a lot of us who have hope, even in very dark times."

Resources such as the YWCA and Family Justice Center are just a few examples of local help.

"It's about listening to survivors of sexual violence," Lidinsky said. "It's about what we see as an undemocratic process in the U.S., and we also want to give people hope that voters have a voice and that midterms are coming."