Save the Date: “Take Back the Night”

Posted on 3/17/2015 10:10:22 AM

IUP’s annual Take Back the Night March will take place on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Putt-Delaney Courtyard. The march will be immediately followed by the Survivor Speak Out in the HUB Ohio room.

What is Take Back the Night?

Every April (national Sexual Assault Awareness Month), 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. 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.

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.

Want to Volunteer?

Contact the Haven Project at haven-project@iup.edu for more information about this event and to learn how you can volunteer to make Take Back the Night 2015 a huge success. 

Take Back the Night march