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One billion people dancing for a cause

By Karissa Manis, Producer, kmanis@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 14 2013 09:32:32 PM CST
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

People are dancing in Johnson City for a cause.
 "The idea is to kind of turn all the darkness surrounding the issue of violence against women and girls, and grow into something positive through our dancing," ETSU grad student Casey Walker says.

It's called 'One Billion Rising' and it represents the one in three women who we're told are raped or beaten in their lifetime.
"That's one billion women assaulted in the world and that's an atrocity. It happens every nine seconds and every two minutes a woman is sexually assaulted," says Della McGuire with the Crisis Center in Bristol.

News 5 spoke with Jeremiah Fitch and Maddie Dingus who are attending the event. They tell us they personally know people who have gone through this and they want to see change.
 "A lot of people do go through physical abuse, mental abuse, and no one speaks out about it, and when they do, they're normally the ones who are persecuted for it," Fitch says.

And Della McGuire shared a shocking statistic.
"This region actually, northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia, have one of the most highly concentrated populations, incidents, of domestic violence and more women are murdered by their partners in this part of the country than anywhere else," she says.

This event is being held on Valentine's Day to show victims in our area that they are cared for, and not alone.
"Valentine's Day is the day of love, so we want to show everyone around the world that's been through the atrocity of violence and rape that we stand with them and we want to show them that we love them," says Walker.

For more information, visit their website:

www.onebillionrising.org