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Southeast Mo. State University students participate in RAINN Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Domestic and sexual assault cases against NFL players have been making headlines for weeks, but some college athletes are working to change that stigma and raise awareness to prevent sexual assault.

It's part of a national day dedicated to victims.

RAINN Day stands for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network.

And in honor of Wednesday's event, Southeast students, faculty and athletes joined together to raise awareness about sexual assault.

Student organizations decorated umbrellas to display around campus.

Some are cheerful and some have serious messages about the effects of sexual violence.

Southeast football players got in on the action, too.

They wore T-shirts throughout the day as a public show of support.

"I think that it says a lot," said Campus Violence Prevention Coordinator Brittany Talley. "I mean there's a lot going on with football right now nationally. And that's a part of the spotlight. And I think these guys have really taken that spotlight and used it for something really powerful and really good."

Talley added it's powerful to show male role models as an ally to victims.

Talley said the school will continue to work to educate students about sexual violence in the hopes of creating real change.

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