Rally for respect at ASU

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Department of Justice says 1 in 4 women will have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault by the time they graduate college.

Two groups on the Arizona State University campus are banding together to start a revolution of respect.

"That's not OK," said Bernice Sanchez of Women of Worth or WOW Factor ASU. "We're worth more than that. We're worth so much more than that."

Students from WOW Factor and students of Man Up threw a rally against sexual assault at the Wells Fargo Arena Thursday night. They want to change the culture on the college campus.

"We have to embrace our core values of taking responsibility by rejecting passivity, leading courageously and initiating respect," said Nick Parkos of Man Up.

Students hope the rally against sexual assault starts a tidal wave of action to protect and respect each other on campus. Former ASU wrestler and guest speaker Anthony Robles also took the stage.

"I'm a Sun Devil first and foremost so it's coming home for me and it's just a great cause to respect women and what they stand for and putting others first," Robles said.

Organizers hope what students hear in the arena, they put into action on campus. Some 1,500 students have now signed a Pledge of Respect through this movement.