One Billion Rising event held to raise awareness about fight against domestic violence

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Hundreds gathered at San Francisco’s City Hall Thursday to support the campaign to end violence against women and girls.
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Hundreds of advocates and activists gathered with city officials at San Francisco's City Hall Thursday to celebrate One Billion Rising, a global day of action to end violence against women and girls.

The One Billion Rising: Revolution campaign is a call to action based on the statistic that one in three women on the planet, or roughly one billion women and girls, will be beaten or raped during their lifetimes.

The campaign to end violence against women and girls was launched on Valentine's Day 2012 and has been celebrated each year in February as an opportunity for the community to come together to demand an end to violence against women and girls.

Thursday's event featured drumming and dancing beneath City Hall's rotunda to celebrate those who have survived abuse and appreciate the strides that have been made to eradicate violence towards women.

District Attorney George Gascón, Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed were among the local officials who spoke to the crowd about how The City has fought for victims.

Gascon said that in 2014 his office was able to bring 450 cases to trial involving violence against women, with 83 percent of those cases resulting in convictions.

He said that although those convictions show that resources are being directed toward victims of violence in San Francisco, more needs to be done until violence against women isn't an issue.

He encouraged everyone at the celebration to reach out to victims of violence and let them know that it's okay to come forward and report their abusers.

“No one should have to live in fear, much less in the privacy of their own home,” Gascon said.

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