“The dominant story about Idaho is that where a place of hate. We're a place of violence and intolerance and were so much more than that,” Idaho Coalition Executive Director Kelly Miller said.
The group said that the two atrocities were a result of social standards and do not fairly reflect Idaho culture.
“It broke my heart and at the same time, it made me so angry that a young child was violated by those he chose to be a team with,” Democrat Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb said about the alleged Dietrich sexual abuse.
Organizers are asking to Idahoans to rise up and stop a culture that promotes abuse of any kind.
The rally also focused on asking for a statewide implementation of an anti-bias and prevention strategy on gender violence at schools.
“Every single individual in the state of Idaho has a responsibility. And the state must not allow those breaches of human dignity to continue,” Sen. Buckner-Webb explained.