Students at Boulder’s Fairview High School walked out Friday to show support for survivors of sexual violence, two days after a former student was acquitted in a sex assault trial.
At 11 a.m. hundreds of students, most of them dressed in black to show solidarity with survivors, streamed out of the school and walked to the football field. There, they observed five minutes of silence in honor of survivors before several speakers, including Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, the director of Boulder’s Moving to End Sexual Assault.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and D’Anniballe said one challenge has always stood in the way of seeking justice for victims of sexual violence.
“That challenge rests in this fundamental issue of not believing survivors,” she said. “Here we are in 2021, facing that same challenge.”