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Activists hope to reach out to kids about domestic violence

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One day after a Connecticut boy stabbed a girl to death during school after she turned him down for a prom date, activists are rallying against domestic violence in Toledo.

At this year's Take Back The Night rally, the theme is "call to action."  T-shirts created by survivors of violence are displayed as well as images of those who have been murdered by partners or exes.

Outreach agencies are also on hand. Organizers say targeting youth is one of their goals. Lauren Merrell said, "It doesn't' just happen to older people, it happens to younger people. It happens across race, class, economic status... everything."

They took their message to the streets with a march, hoping others would listen and get the help they need.

This is the 20th year for Take Back The Night. Organizers hope teens and young adults will become more aware of the issue. The case of Maren Sanchez, a young Connecticut girl stabbed to death after turning down a prom invitation on Friday was on their minds.

"It's crazy." said Chaela Reynolds, When are people going to step this up? I've had a friend killed by domestic violence and it was kind of silenced. People just need a place to go where you can step up."

T-shirts created by survivors of violence are displayed as well as images of those who have been murdered by partners or exes.  One of the youngest victims was 17-year-old Start high School Grad Shynerra Grand, who was killed back in 2005.

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