For many people around the world, V-Day does not stand for Valentine's Day.
As part of the global movement to end violence against women and girls, Rock Valley College held a march in downtown Rockford to show solidarity with the national effort One Billion Rising. The public was invited to attend and organizers encourage both women and men to participate.
"In most cases when you see violent acts against women, the perpetrators unfortunately are male, and so to have male supporters rise up and be willing to stand up against such action and atrocities helps to spread that word among the gender that it's not ok," RVC Learning and Opportunity Center Director Suzanne Dooley said.
According to the V-Day movement, one in three women in the world will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.