October 16, 2014

25th Annual Take Back the Night March and Rally to End Sexual Assault and Gender-based Interpersonal Violence
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Union Q-Lot (Parking lot South of Hanson Field)
Description: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and that means it is time for our 25th annual Take Back the Night (TBTN) March and Rally to end power-based interpersonal violence.

First-year WIU student Bree Bracey will serve as emcee of this year's event, which will be held on Thursday, October 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Union Q-Lot, south of Hanson Field, with resource tables set up at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Shatter the Silence: End the Violence.”

Following a reading of the TBTN proclamation signed by WIU President Jack Thomas and Macomb Mayor Mike Inman, speakers will include Dr. Holly Stovall, a WIU Women’s Studies faculty member, who recently spoke on Tri-States Public Radio about her own sexual assault as a junior high student in Macomb and is a strong advocate and activist for ending interpersonal violence; WIU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tommy Bell, who will address some recent changes in how the NCAA addresses sexual assault, as well as current domestic violence issues in the national spotlight; and several survivor speak-out participants. Following the rally with these speakers and several musical performers, participants will join in a candlelight march from campus to Chandler Park where the rally will conclude.

TBTN is co-sponsored by the WIU Women’s Center, the Western Illinois Regional Council’s Victim Services agency, the Feminist Action Alliance student organization, the University Counseling Center, the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Initiative, and other campus and community departments and organizations.

These marches have occurred since the 1970s at university campuses around the country to help educate women and men about the dangers of violence in our communities – specifically sexual violence, such as rape/sexual assault, incest, child abuse, domestic violence and stalking.

TBTN goes beyond education by helping to empower us all to find our voice against these day-to-day outrages across their multicultural dimensions.

TBTN t-shirts are available for purchase ($10 students, $12 non-students, payable by cash or check written to the WIU Women's Center) at the Women's Center, Multicultural Center 209 between now and the event.
Related Web Site: Women's Center Website
Contact Information:
 Janine Cavicchia
 Phone: (309) 298-2242
 Email: j-cavicchia@wiu.edu
Source: Women's Center

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