Take Back the Night is an evening of speaking out against sexual assault and domestic violence. Students, staff, and community members will play music, dance, read poetry, share stories, perform monologues, and honor sexual assault survivors and victims. A march around the campus and a candle light vigil will follow the performances.
The first Take Back the Night event in the United States took place in Philadelphia in October of 1975. Citizens of Philadelphia rallied together after the murder of young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed by a stranger a block from her home while walking alone.
Take Back the Night is an international rally and march that is organized in local communities with the purposes of unifying women, men and children in an awareness of violence against women, children and families. The event is a collaboration of community and campus and other interested persons who are ready to take a stand against violence and make the night safe for everyone.