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Thank You For Making the 2014 Take Back the Night Events a Success!

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Haven Project, the Alice Paul House, and the IUP and Indiana Community agencies took part in Take Back the Night, a march through the IUP campus and the Indiana community to show support for victims and survivors of violence.

Photo of student and community supporters at the Take Back the Night march 2014.Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members marched through campus on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 carrying anti-violence signs and chanting anti-violence and empowering messages, such as “We have the power, we have the right. The streets are ours, take back the night.”

The annual march is held in an effort to end violence and send the message that victims and survivors will no longer remain fearful and secluded in their homes. This worldwide initiative has a long and proud history of supporting survivors while trying to prevent violence. Both men and women participate in Take Back the Night marches in their communities.

The CARE Center of Indiana County and the Alice Paul House hosted a Balloon Launch at 7:45 p.m. in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The agencies received a grant from Kiwanis Club to support their prevention month activities.

The Indiana County District Attorney’s Office arranged for representatives from U.S. Attorney David Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania to address the crowd at the beginning of the march. This is the second year they have joined our campus for the march in a show of support for victims of violence.

IUP President Michael Driscoll and Haven Project Peer Educator Ciara Marble kicked off the Take Back the Night march at 8:00 p.m., chanting “1-2-3-4, this is what we are fighting for. 5-6-7-8, no more violence, no more rape.”

IUP’s Take Back the Night March was followed by a powerful Survivor Speak-Out, which offered survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences. Individuals shared their stories and provided support to others, while publicly affirming their transition from victim to survivor. It was a powerful and empowering event for both survivors and supporters. IUP alumna Tiffany Hall-Campbell addressed the Speak-Out participants as the Take Back the Night keynote speaker, leaving the crowd feeling empowered to take a stand against violence. 

Take Back the Night is sponsored by the Haven Project at the Center for Health and Well-Being.

Co-sponsors include: Alice Paul House, Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Programs, African American Cultural Center, RHA, BACCHUS, Safe Zone, Aramark, Center for Student Life, LGBT Commission, Graduate Student Assembly, Office of Social Equity, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality), Her Campus IUP, College of Fine Arts, College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of International Education, Phi Mu Delta, Men’s Awareness Program, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Cook Honors College, Office of Housing, Residence Life, and Dining, and Fasttimes Screenprinting.

The Haven Project is a program that provides counseling and advocacy services for IUP students who experience violence. The Haven Project also provides education about stalking, dating/relationship violence, and sexual assault. Visit the Haven Project for more information.

Questions about the Take Back the Night Events may be addressed to (724)-357-4799 or haven-project@iup.edu.