Mount Union Students Join to "Take Back the Night"

May 05, 2010

Mount Union students will be joining together to 'Take Back the Night' on Wednesday, October 24.

'Take Back the Night' was begun in the 1960s to encourage women to take a stand against violence within their communities as they sought to reclaim their right to live without fear. This year's 'Take Back the Night' is themed 'Break the Silence to Stamp out Violence' and will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

The program will include music and will be followed by a moonlight march in honor of the victims that will promote the message in a more public manner. The event will end with a meeting in the East Room of HPCC with refreshments and socializing.

Speakers for the event are Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder, two lifelong friends that travel the nation to educate students on the realities of sexual assault on today's college campuses. They encourage students to open up and talk about the core issues of sexual assault while offering solutions for improved communication, safety and the chance to create a community with zero tolerance for sexual violence.

Addington and Tieder give students a 'true-life' example of the harsh outcomes of sexual crimes and offer up numerous solutions for this college epidemic. They inspire and empower students to take action and provide them with the tools and knowledge to make each campus they visit a safer place.

This event is being held in conjunction with the 'Clothesline Project.' This project allows people the chance to write about personal events or acts of violence committed against themselves and others. For the Clothesline Project, individuals decorated shirts that will be displayed in HPCC.


Another new addition to the events surrounding 'Take Back the Night' is a self-defense course for women to learn how to protect themselves in emergency situations. The class will be held in Campus Grounds on Monday, October 22 from 8 -9 p.m.

"Take Back the Night empowers people to speak out more than once a year,' said Karen Petko, associate dean of students and one of the event coordinators. 'This is a way to come together to gain momentum for education and institute change."

This event was sponsored by the Association of Women Students, Alpha Chi Omega, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, and the Alliance Area YWCA.

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