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Dozens walk through downtown Macon to 'Take back the night'

People took to the streets of downtown Macon to advocate for sexual assault survivors on Thursday / Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Middle Georgians are "taking back the night" to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Dozens of people met in downtown Macon on Thursday to march from Third Street to Washington Park, chanting as they went.

Speakers spoke of not only the prevalence of sexual assault but also how victims can take back that power lost.

Speaker Mary Lewis has one message to victims recovering from sexual assault.

"Speak out on it," Lewis said. "Speak out. Don't let them think they took it from you. Speak out. Stop the violence. Stop it."

Survivors were also given the change to take the stage and share their experiences with assault.

That was followed by a candlelight vigil.

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