PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Business leaders in Pittsburgh’s Oakland section came together Tuesday afternoon to take a stand against sexual harassment, assault and domestic violence.READ MORE: 1 Person Injured In Rollover Crash In Wilkinsburg
A block of Oakland Avenue was closed to traffic from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the rally.
“One in three women will experience some sort of assault or violence in their lifetime, and the age demographic is 16-24,” said one of the rally organizers. “That’s my backyard, that’s Oakland.”READ MORE: Survey: Pennsylvania Among Best States To Live In, West Virginia Among Worst
There was live music, informational groups and pledges to be signed.
Organizers say they want Oakland to be a safe spot for all.
“We want men and women to come out, and we want men also to take a stand on this,” said one of the organizers. “And, then, part two is, we’re going to organize a training program, so that our business owners and their managers and their employees will get trained on how to prevent this issue.”MORE NEWS: 'The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not Over,' Pennsylvania Health Leaders Say
This was the first event for Oakland business owners, and organizers say they plan to host more.