SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Demonstrations were held around the world Thursday, including in Utah, to end violence against women.
The movement is called 1 Billion Rising. The organizer of the University of Utah event said its message especially needs to be heard in Utah. “One in three women in Utah will be sexually assault in her lifetime. That’s twice the national average of sexual assaults in the nation,” said Whitney Horton. "It's the only violent crime that exceeds the nation and we double it.”
The Utah demonstration also pushed for legislative action. A bill called the "Dating Violence Prevention Act" would allow a single woman to receive a protective order from her abuser.
As it stands now, she would have to be living with, have a child with or be married to the abuser to be protected.
“I think our government is really stepping up and protecting women and I think it's important to reach out to them so they can pass laws and women can be protected,” said Chloe Cole, junior.
Similar demonstrations also took place at the Capitol and at Ikea in Draper.