Metro activists join One Billion Rising effort to end rape - KMSP-TV

Metro activists join global One Billion Rising effort to end rape culture

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Several events are set to take place in Minneapolis as activists ready to raise awareness about violence against women and rape culture across the globe through the One Billion Rising initiative.

The organization, which estimates one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, has hundreds of global partners -- including many in Minnesota.

The group urged one billion women and men to rise up on Feb. 14 in a global strike, an invitation to dance, and demonstration of solidarity in protest of the global problem of rape and violence against women. 

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Local events include:

"The Main" Strike Dance and Rise Walkout Rally
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: Stone Arch Bridge

Women Rise!
WHEN: 3 p.m.
WHERE: Meditation Room at the Center for Spirituality & Healing

FLASH MOB-Minneapolis
WHEN: 4 p.m.
WHERE: North Plaza of the Hennepin County Government Center

Rise Up and Dance!
WHEN: 5 p.m.
WHERE: Midwest Karate & Yoga Association

1 Billion Rising and Sisters for Social Justice (And Brothers Too) 40th Birthday Celebration
WHEN: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Minneapolis Community and Technical College

One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.
WHERE: Powderhorn Park


While it can be difficult to estimate the number of rape cases due to lack of reporting by victims, the Minneapolis Police Department's Uniform Crime Survey logged 39 rapes in the city and two rape arrests in February 2011.

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