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Students in program at WSU Tri Cities raise domestic violence awareness

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- More activities Thursday night as part of National Domestic Violence and Crime Prevention Month.

 Students from the Women's Success Program at Washington State University Tri Cities hosted a special event at John Dam Plaza in Richland as part of the "Walking Fearless Campaign," a program to bring awareness about domestic violence and crime prevention to both students and the community.

 They say their message through a candle-light vigil, a march, rally and keynote speaker Jennifer Hill was well-received.  "I think everybody has been affected at least some way. They know somebody, if they themselves have not been a victim. It's a very personal subject and all of our girls got completely onboard with us. We were passionate about it and I think it just kind of went into them and they were passionate about it and excited about it as well," said Alexis Chavallo, a student from the Women's Success Program.

 This was also an event to remember people in the Tri Cities who've lost their lives to domestic violence.

"I think it brought a lot of awareness to the community as well as bringing us as an organization closer together," said Chavallo.

 While this was the first domestic violence and crime prevention awareness event for the women's success program, they hope to make this an annual event.

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