OMAHA (KPTM) - Just as rush hour got started, a group of women and men gathered on a corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets Thursday.
Their signs carried messages of love and respect.
"Unlearn violence, practice respect" said one.
"No does not mean maybe" read another.
As a group their overall message was for Omaha to help stop violence against women and to rise up and do it together.
Omaha's chapter of "One Billion Rising" came together to celebrate Omaha's first V-Day.
V-Day is a worldwide campaign to end violence against women and girls.
Statistics show one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime.
"Which is a very very scary statistic," said organizer Lynn Johnson-Romero. "We don't want that to happen anymore, we don't want our little sisters to grow up in a community where one in three women are raped."
She says helping women realize they can speak up about their abuse is one stop everyone can take.
"I don't want anyone else to have to go through what I went through," said Teresa Holman. "It's so important to bring to the table what this issue is really about and not push it under a rug."
If you are or know a woman looking to get away from abuse of any kind, there are several organizations in Omaha that can help: