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More than 100 people attended a rally Friday at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle to speak out against violence perpetuated by men.

The rally was organized in response to the University of California, Santa Barbara, killings last week, when Elliot Rodger, 22, fatally stabbed or shot seven people, including himself, and injured 13 in Isla Vista in what he said was his way to get back at the women he thought had rejected him.

The Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen, which focused on misogyny, generated 1.6 million tweets in less than four days after the murders. Friday’s rally provided a way for women to voice their concerns at a live venue, organizers said, and included speakers who recounted how they had been affected by violence.

There was also a six-second scream as a way for participants to “speak out.”

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There was a similar rally in San Francisco on Friday, and rallies are planned this weekend in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Portland.

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