Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night 2023 will be Wednesday, April 12. 

***Mark your calendars and watch for further details***

 Content warning: This video contains stories of sexual assaults that may be triggering. Please be aware before viewing.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022 Take Back the Night Events

  • 4:00 p.m. — Virtual Speak Out available to watch via IUP's YouTube Channel (pre-recorded)

  • 6:30–7:30 p.m. — Chalk the Walk for Take Back the Night. Join us to write positive messages of support for people who have experienced sexual violence. Messages and chalk will be provided.

  • 7:30 p.m. — Lighting of the Luminaries to represent those on our campus who have been impacted by sexual assault. One thousand, seven hundred and eighty-three lights on display: white to represent the TGQN (transgender, gender queer, and gender non-conforming) community, purple to represent women, and teal to represent men.

  • 7:45 p.m. — Words of support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

We recognize that sexual assault is difficult to talk about. Here are some resources if you would need to reach out.

  • The Alice Paul House (24/7 hotline) – 724-349-4444
  • Center for Health and Well-Being
  • The Haven Project – 724-357-3947
  • The Counseling Center – 724-357-2621
  • University Police – 724-357-2141
  • The Office of Student Support and Community Standards – 724-357-1264
  • Title IX Coordinator – 724-357-3402
  • LGBTQIA Support – 724-357-2598

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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

In many situations, violence occurs at night, and, as a result, many people stay home out of fear. Every spring, the Haven Project coordinates its largest event with a gathering of over a thousand 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. Anyone can 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.

IUP'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 publicly 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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Content warning: This video contains stories of sexual assaults that may be triggering. Please be aware before viewing.

This IUP virtual speak out is filled with eight anonymous survivor stories read by the IUP Haven Project about sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is in place of the 2021 Take Back the Night March and Speak Out. The stories shared were not created by Haven—they are just giving a voice to the stories so the writers can remain anonymous. Viewers will learn about the Haven Project and resources for assistance and support, and will hear stories to help support victims and survivors of sexual assault.