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Sjodin's mother speaking in Grand Forks, N.D.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Linda Walker, the mother of slain University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin and an advocate for victims of violence, will speak at 7 tonight at the “Take Back the Night” rally in UND’s Memorial Union Ballroom, the university said.

Since Sjodin’s kidnapping and murder nearly a decade ago, Walker has traveled the country educating people on the threat of sexual violence.

She was present in the White House Rose Garden in 2006 when “Dru’s Law” was signed by the president. The law led to the creation of the National Sex Offender Public Website, a sex-offender registry that provides information about offenders in every state.

In 2011, the FBI honored her with the Director’s Community Leadership Award.

The rally, sponsored by the UND Women’s Center, coincides with the 18th annual display of the North Dakota Clothesline Project in the ballroom. The display is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

The project features decorated T-shirts that tell the stories of victims of violence.

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