Take Back the Night to stand against sexual violence

Take Back the Night features a candlelight march (photo by Houston McDuffie/Kaliedoscope).Take Back the Night features a candlelight march (photo by Houston McDuffie/Kaleidoscope).To address issues related to sexual violence, a Take Back The Night event is planned for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Blazer Hall Residence Life Center.

The event will include a short presentation from Allison Dearing, Campus Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Birmingham Consortium, a survivor speak-out, and a march honoring survivors of sexual violence. Participants can also view the Clothesline Project, a compelling visual T-shirt display that bears witness to the many forms of violence.

Take Back The Night first appeared in Europe in 1976 and has continued throughout the world as a sign of empowerment for women, men and children. This event has occurred over the last 10 years at UAB to raise awareness for sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process. Our message is always the same: We are not willing to accept violence in our society. We will work towards change. We all want safe homes, schools, workplaces and communities for ourselves and our families. We want to live in a culture that is free of fear. We want a community that is safe for women, children and men. When we work towards these goals together, we make it possible.

In gathering together, UAB students, staff, and faculty can to take a stand against sexual violence and help survivors know that they are not alone – that these crimes will not be tolerated or left to go silently into the night.

Take Back The Night is sponsored by the UAB Coordinated Campus Response Team, UAB Student Life, UAB Student Housing & Residence Life, and UAB Women’s Center and Rape Response. For more information, or if you require accommodations, email engagement@uab.edu or call 205-975-9509.