Sexual assault survivors and supporters march at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - On Thursday night, sexual assault survivors and supporters gathered at Rudder Plaza, made signs, and then marched.

"I myself am a sexual assault survivor, so just seeing how many people actually care and want to make a change for the statistics on how many people get sexually assaulted is amazing," said Xochitl Fuentes, a Texas A&M student.

Fuentes was one of the organizers for the march. She says a recent conversation sparked the idea.

"We were talking about how sexual assault survivors are afraid to speak up and are not being supported by the communities, and people, and friends and families," said Fuentes.

They hope the march will help survivors feel more supported, especially on their own campus.

"I think it's always been issue. Just now people are feeling comfortable to talk about it and those issues stem from the culture that our society has, so that's what I'm hoping we can change," said Zhara Maraj, a Texas A&M student.

Early this year a number of survivors came forward at Texas A&M and asked the university to do more to respond to accusations. The university announced 11 changes to their policies for handling sexual assault cases.

"It's baby steps, but I feel like we're going in the right direction. Somewhere, somehow I feel like we are going to make a change at A&M," said Fuentes.