March for a Change combats issues in Carbondale - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

March for a Change combats issues in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE-- The sound of singing filled the streets in Carbondale this morning as people from all walks of life marched for a change.

"Are you going to turn your head and go back into your frame houses or are you going to stand up and speak out and do something about the situation," said Ginger Rye Sanders, leader of Carbondale's Women for Change. She said it's the issues that empower them to make a change.

"We stand together in unity, not exalting ourselves, but exalting the issues. Issues like crime. Issues like beautification of our neighborhood. Issues about safety for our children. For our elderly," she said.

Those issues include the issue of sexual assault and the importance of preventing it says Carbondale City Councilwoman Carolin Harvey.

"There is a stigmas but knowing that those services are usually confidential, that should encourage people to come forward," said Harvey.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced changes to Title IX guidelines that she says work too quickly to punish the accused.

Harvey says it is important to keep protecting the survivors of sexual assault. "Just providing services for those people, the survivors, is a very important issue," she said.

Sanders said that protection can come from marches just like the March for Change.

"It's organizations like these that can protect the assault victims," she said.

Both women say that Carbondale is a diverse community that can come together and lead the change.

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