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BEND, OR -- A local high school student's unique art display is raising awareness of teen sexual assault. Redmond Proficiency Academy junior Sydney Scott says the service project helped her earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, "My project is 198 pairs of jeans, which represents the Oregon 2016 teen reported sexual assault number. I’ve personally dealt with being a victim of sexual assault, so that’s mainly why I focused on it."

 

The nearly 200 pairs of pants will hang inside the Liberty Theater, in downtown Bend, on Friday, as part of Take Back the Night with Saving Grace, "And, it’s just to give an idea because, when you hear a number, normally you don’t see a visual." She tells KBND News, "It’s giving that visual notion because, when I started collecting jeans, I didn’t realize how many that actually was until I had so much – they take up so much space." She hopes her "METOO" display will help others better understand the problem and raise awareness of victims like herself, "I’ve learned a lot more people have personal experiences and how scary it is to see how many people have dealt with similar situations and learning that people actually care more about it than I originally thought."

 
Take Back the Night starts with the "March for Survivors” through downtown Bend at 5 p.m., Friday. A number of activities will then take place at the Liberty Theater, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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