All are encouraged to attend free event

By Catherine E. Porter
marketing and communication major ’16

Trine University has planned its annual Take Back the Night rally and march to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

Take Back the Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 on the north lawn of Best Hall on Trine University’s main campus. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held in Best Hall, room 229.

Pizza, sandwiches, refreshments and games will be offered to kick off the event. At 7 p.m., guest speakers Richard Hickman, Angola mayor; Tim Troyer, Steuben County sheriff; and a representative from the Fort Wayne Center for Nonviolence will share with the community the importance of sexual assault awareness.

A march to Monument Circle, or the “mound” at 7:30 p.m. will unite the community against sexual assault, domestic violence and violence against women and children. Back by popular demand, men will be asked to “Wear a Pair” of women’s shoes during the march to symbolize their support to the cause.

The evening will conclude with a candlelight vigil in support and honor of victims’ rights and to serve as a reminder that each individual has the right to be free from violence, to be heard and to reclaim those rights if they have been violated.

Take Back the Night is sponsored by the Trine Office of Student Services, Community Anti-Violence Association and several Trine student organizations.

The first Take Back the Night event was a women-only protest against the violence and fear that women encountered while walking alone at night. The movement spread from that first protest in 1977 in England to San Francisco in 1978. Since then, Take Back the Night events have taken place across the country, particularly among college campuses.

For more information, contact Megan Cook, director of counseling services, at 260.665.4172 or