Students Take Back the Night Thursday
April 11, 2007
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University student organizations will host a communitywide "Take Back the Night" rally and march on campus beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Fountain Plaza near Miller Auditorium.
"Take Back the Night" events are typically held during April, which is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and are designed to increase awareness and understanding of violence against women as well as to protest the high levels of such violence and honor survivors.
The event will include addresses by several keynote speakers and a march to WMU's Kanley Track, where there will be a candlelight ceremony honoring sexual assault survivors. Literature tables will be set up at the rally area and fund-raising T-shirts will be available for sale.
The evening will end with a march back to Fountain Plaza for a celebration with music and refreshments.
The WMU "Take Back the Night" observance is being organized by Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education, a peer education program administered by the Sindecuse Health Center's Office of Health Promotion and Education. It is being co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Student Association and Womyn's Equality, with additional funding from the Kercher Center for Social Research.
For more information, contact David Jones, coordinator of Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education, by calling (269) 387-2999 or Linda Lumley, coordinator of gender and health education for the Sindecuse Health Center at (269) 387-2995.
Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org