Hundreds gathered on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Thursday afternoon to celebrate V-Day—an event aimed at ending violence against girls and women. Organized on Valentine's Day in conjunction with One Billion Rising, Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, said events like V-Day help raise awareness.
"It helps mobilize our community," said Miller. "I think it helps any girl or woman subjected to rape or domestic abuse to see that they have a community that supports them."
According to organizers, one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during their lifetime, but today's event showed the young women in the audience there is "a future without violence."
Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., Miller said organizations like hers are working to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act. Though the Senate approved the bill this week, with Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch voting against the measure and Sen. Mike Crapo voting "yes," the House has yet to move the bill forward.
"Now, Reps. Simpson and Labrador need to vote 'yes' in the house," she said.