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Take Back the Night: Wednesday, April 16, 8:00 p.m., Delaney Courtyard

The Haven Project peer educators are hosting the annual Take Back the Night March on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, starting at 8:00 p.m. in the middle of Putt-Delaney Courtyard. The march is followed by a Speak Out in the HUB Ohio Room.

When the sun goes down, we take back the night for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Let your voice be heard!

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

TBTN MarchIn many situations, violence occurs at night, and, as a result, many women stay home out of fear. Every spring, the Haven Project coordinates its largest event with a gathering of several hundred people, including students, staff, faculty, and Indiana residents. Participants, often carrying anti-violence signs and chanting anti-violence and empowerment messages, march through the IUP campus and the Indiana community. This 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. To find out more about the history of Take Back the Night, about upcoming events, or get valuable resources, please visit the Take Back the Night website.

Speak Out TBTNIUP’s Take Back the Night March is followed by a powerful survivor speak-out, which offers survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences. Some share their stories, or provide support to others, while publically affirming their transition from victim to survivor. It is a powerful and empowering event for both survivors and supporters. The speak-out is an inseparable and vital part of IUP’s experience of Take Back the Night and brings awareness to others about the impact of sexual assault and violence on victims and survivors.

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Contact the Haven Project at haven-project@iup.edu.