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Hundreds march on UMass campus against sexual assault

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AMHERST, MA (WSHM) -

Hundreds of college students took part in a rally Sunday morning to speak out against sexual assault.

The group, made up of close to 500 members of fraternities and sororities at UMass, marched across campus from the northeast residential area and ending at the southwest residential area.

The march ended with a brief speech from the Interfraternity Council (IFC) during an on-campus barbecue.

The IFC president told CBS 3 that the Greeks on campus do have a stigma to overcome.

"As many people know, there's a stereotype that Greek-life people are people who hide those things, or supports them," said Steven McCarthy. "We just wanted to say that as a Greek community at UMass Amherst, that we stand completely against sexual assault. We stand behind everybody whoever has suffered from that problem."

This event was a polar opposite of what has made headlines at UMass over the last month or so, specifically regarding the Blarney Blowout, where nearly two-dozen university students were arrested.

Sunday's organizers say they have been working hard to show off the positive side of the university.

"Our councils have taken a lot of efforts against the negative news we've had lately," said Abigail Whiting, Panhellenic vice president of membership. "After the Blarney Blowout, we did a street cleanup together. We had over 50 people come and cleanup trash around the area."

Organizers chose to hold their march on Sunday, as they said April is sexual assault awareness month.

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