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SUPERIOR - It was a beautiful day in the Twin Ports Thursday.
The sun was shining bright and community members hoped to shine a light on a dark problem.
Events across the Northland brought attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
It was a sea of blue gathered at UWS and among the crowd was volunteer Shandi Janz.
"I never thought that it was actually something that was going on, I thought it was something you see on t.v., but it's not something you really see in person," Janz said.
Now, as a psychology student, Janz has recently learned about the growing problem of sexual and domestic abuse in the community where she was born and raised.
"To see that happening in my own community because I'm from Superior and to be able to help with it is a huge deal," Janz said.
Thursday's gathering was the 4th Annual Speak Out Event where people marched the streets of Superior to bring awareness to the growing problem.
"We continue to get calls to our crisis line daily," Jill Hinners, of the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse said. "It's in the hundreds the number of individuals we provided some kind of service to over the course of the year."
According to the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Douglas County ranks fifth out of Wisconsin's 72 counties in the number of reported sexual assaults per capita.
"Now I'm understanding all the problems that Superior does have. And that's anywhere you go as you become an adult you experience more things, you're seeing more things," Janz said.
She doesn't want to be just a bystander.
She hopes to make a difference by bringing awareness with every step.
A separate event took place across the bridge in Downtown Duluth.
It was the 13th Annual Take Back the Night event also marching to stand with victims of sexual and domestic violence in the Northland.