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UC students in it to end it


Williamsburg, Ky. – Students of University of the Cumberlands (UC) gathered in the Gatliff Chapel to draw a red “X” on each other’s hands and to take a picture to raise awareness on social media about the End It movement on Feb. 27, 2014.

According to the End It website, 27 million people are still being sold into the many different forms of slavery. In America, 200,000 slaves are working with 17,000 most likely being trafficked in next year. The average age of a victim is 14 years old.


Slavery was abolished about 150 years ago, but it’s thriving more than ever, coming in as the third most profitable organized crime and the fastest growing, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s website.

“Ending slavery is really important to me because nobody should be forced into something they don’t want to do, especially slavery. You’re not supposed to be a servant to anyone except God,” said Sara Donahue (Harlan, KY), a senior at UC. “Sex is something sacred between two people and not to be exploited. This is a problem and these people need to be saved. We need to do something.”

Around the world, people are drawing a red “X” on their hands to tell the world that they won’t stand for slavery. UC students showed their support for End It by doing the same. End It’s motto is “Shine a light on slavery.” People can show the message of freedom by a simple red “X.”

“I think a big thing to end it is to raise awareness because a lot of people don’t realize that slavery is still out there,” said Alisha Brown (Jacksonville, FL), a junior at UC. “Drawing an “X” on our hands might not seem like a lot, but it’s something.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant