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Published October 07, 2010, 10:12 PM

UND Student Shares Her Story At "Take Back The Night" Rally

People marched and listened to a survivor's story Thursday night, raising public awareness about domestic violence.

People marched and listened to a survivor's story Thursday night, raising public awareness about domestic violence.

Several people shared their stories at the 16th annual Take Back The Night Rally, including a student from the University of North Dakota.

Seinquis Slater was sexually abused almost 2 years ago.

"I was actually at a wedding in Alaska and the person who actually ended up doing the violence against me or the assault against me had given me a bunch of alcoholic beverages in a short amount of time," Slater said.

Slater says the experience changed her personality and she didn't realize at first she needed to talk to someone.

"Afterwards I was anti-social, depressed. I cried myself to sleep several nights during the week. I just cut myself off from my friends and family and I'm not usually like that."

Slater spoke tonight at the Take Back the Night rally in Grand Forks. It's an event put on by the UND Women's Center to share information on sexual assault.

"What can I do to help? Who do I reach out to if I'm ever in a situation like this? So there are counselors on staff, CVIC have a staff here everynight. We have the University counseling Center," UND Women's Center Director Kay Mendick said.

It was a night for victims to share stories and to tell others there is help out there.

"It's overwhelming when you see all the students walking in. The support is phenomenal," Mendick said.

And if sharing her painful story of sexual abuse will help even one woman get help, Slater says it was worth it.

"I guess open myself to other people and let them know I'm there for them and hopefully one day they can get enough courage to do the same thing I'm doing by telling their story as well," Slater said.

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