Preview: ‘Take Back the Night’ event aims to protest violence

By on March 26, 2016
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By Eiman Zuberi–

Roughly one in five women will be sexually assaulted in college. Chances are, whether you are aware of it or not, someone you know has experienced sexual assault.

The PEACC Center is hosting their annual Take Back the Night march and rally March 30. The event is held to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault, unite the community to protest violence and educate on the misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.

“Join us as we rise as a community committed to the belief that violence toward anyone is unacceptable,” the event page says.

“These rallies and marches are a visible demonstration of a strong community coming together to show survivors that we are taking direct action, unmistakable conviction and protest against rape and other forms of sexual, relationship and domestic violence,” said senior LaMont Johnson, who works with Men of PEACC.

Take Back the Night originated in Germany in 1973 and was first held in Louisville in 1988. Since then, the event continues to draw over 200 supporters each year. Jefferson County organizations and individuals will join together to highlight the assistance they are able to offer to victims as well as to educate on the crimes.

This year’s theme is “RISE UP” due to the recent increase of violence and discrimination in our country and community.

Aside from the march, the event also includes speakers, performers and a candlelight vigil. A resource fair is set to begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Red Barn, with the march beginning at 6 p.m.

At 3:30 p.m. in the Red Barn, there will also be a panel discussion on sexual assault legislation in Kentucky. It features guest speakers and will discuss how students can help with changes being made in legislation.

The event is designed to be a kick-off for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is in April.

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