Behind the Valentine’s Day flash mob: One Billion Rising

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By News Staff

On Valentine’s Day last week, 40 Union women—students, faculty, and staff of the college—participated in One Billion Rising, a global movement to stop violence against women. One Billion Rising is an international campaign that was born after a now well-known crime occured in India: A young woman was gang-raped on a bus. The lack of legal protections and prosecutions for female victims of rape and the occasinal cultural passivity to not prosecute instances of violence against women led women all over the world to flash mob on Valentine’s Day. These global flash mobs shared a dance and song that demands a stop to violence against women and brings attention to the fact that one-third of the population’s women, or one billion women, will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes.

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