Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The ASUO Women’s Center and Sexual Assault Support Services of Lane County Present Take Back the Night 2013

Come break the silence surrounding sexual violence in our community at the 34th annual Take Back the Night event on April 25, 2013, an historic event that demands an end to sexual violence and supports those who have survived it. 

Since the first rally in Belgium in 1976, Take Back the Night has become an annual event in cities all over the world.  The event is composed of three parts—the Rally, March, and Speak Out.  The event is free, wheelchair accessible, interpreted in ASL and Spanish, and open to the public.  Food and warm beverages will be provided first come, first serve at the Speak Out.  Because the event is held mostly outdoors, we encourage participants to dress warmly or bring a change of clothes.  Below is the event program and location information:

KVAL Radio Show – 4:00pm
U of O’s Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Amphitheater
(E 13th Ave. and University St.)
Community Tabling – 5:00pm
U of O’s  EMU Amphitheater
Rally – 6:00pm
U of O’s  EMU Amphitheater
March – 7:00pm
Cozmic Pizza (199 W 8th Ave.)
Speak Out – 8:30 pm
Cozmic Pizza (The bar will be closed for the duration of the event.)

In this year’s rally, we proudly present speakers Maure Smith-Benanti, UO Assistant Director of LGBT Education and Support, and Patrick Lemmon, nonprofit co-founder of Men Can Stop Rape and our performers, the Radical Cheerleaders and the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team.  After the Rally, event participants will take to the streets of Eugene and march united to end sexual violence in our community to the beat of Rhythm O, U of O’s newly independent drum line.  Latin@ Youth Group Juventud Faceta will lead chants in English and Spanish.  The Speak Out will open with a spoken word performance by Andrea Valderrama and will continue with participants sharing their experiences dealing with sexual violence. Sponsors include the Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team and Triangle Graphics.

The ASUO Women’s Center is a campus organization that advocates for the best educational and working environment for the women at the University of Oregon by working toward societal change and the end of oppression and supporting personal growth.

SASS is a non-profit organization that provides outreach, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual violence and their partners, families and friends throughout Lane County, maintaining a 24-hour crisis and support line and 24-hour advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

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