“The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.”
-Take Back The Night Foundation
On April 9th at 6pm the Chamberlain Student Center patio will host Rowan’s third “Take Back The Night” event. Students will listen to key speakers and take a symbolic walk around Rowan’s campus. This walk will go through areas of the campus that tend to be “unsafe” for individuals to walk alone. The walk will symbolize how students should be able to feel safe no matter where they are on campus or what time of day or night it is. Kathleen Masterson will be leading the walk this year. There will be police escorts throughout the walk and glow-sticks for participants to carry along.
“Take Back The Night” had its first event in 1976. “The first international Take Back The Night event occurred at The International Tribunal on Crimes against Women. The Tribunal took place March 4-8, 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. Over 2000 women, representing 40 countries, attended the event,” Take Back The Night Foundation. Katie Koestner, Board President of Take Back The Night, was the first date rape survivor to nationally speak out about it. She was only eighteen. Katie was then on the cover of TIME magazine on June 3, 1991 and HBO teamed with her to make a documentary film on her story. “Subsequently, she has appeared on nearly 50 national television programs, spoken at more than 1500 college and school campuses and led over 400 Take Back The Night marches and rallies,” Take Back The Night Foundation.
Remember, sexual assault and violence can happen to anyone. Rowan is welcoming all those who would like to participate to come out April 9th at 6pm to participate in Take Back The Night. Men and women of all ages are encouraged to come out and join the fight against sexual assault and violence.
The Take Back The Night Foundation wants to raise awareness and prevent all forms of sexual assault and violence. Center for Family Services will also be involved with this event. Their “Denim Day” campaign aims to prevent sexual violence locally. To get involved or make a donation go to: http://www.centerffs.org/get-involved/campaigns/denim-day-standspeakempower
Source for information about Take Back The Night: http://takebackthenight.org/about
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