Trine University rally, march focus on end to domestic, sexual violence

ANGOLA, Ind. – Everyone is invited to join Trine University's annual Take Back the Night rally and march to observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, on the north lawn of Best Hall. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place in Best Hall room 229. Pizza, sandwiches, refreshments and games will be available.

At 7 p.m., guest speaker Tena Dellaca-Hedrick will speak. She has won local, state and national awards for her dedication to victims of violent crime, excellence in academia, and volunteering in and around her community. Dellaca-Hedrick is a nationally accredited victim advocate, Indiana-certified family development specialist and a human service board-certified clinical practitioner. In addition, she has 13 years of experience in education, victimology and social activism, through which she has worked in excess of 9,000 cases of victimization.

The rally and speech lead to the march to the "mound" at 7:30 p.m. to show that people are united to confront sexual and 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 so they can see what it feels like to walk in a woman's shoes. The march will begin at Best Hall and continue to Monument Circle, also known as the mound.

The evening concludes with a candlelight vigil in support and honor of victims' rights. It will also serve as a reminder that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard and the right to reclaim those rights if they have been violated.

Tack Back the Night is sponsored by the Trine Office of Student Services, Community Anti-Violence Association (CAVA) and several Trine student organizations, including Sigma Phi Epsilon. The first Take Back the Night event was in 1977 in England, and was a women-only protest against the violence and fear that women encountered while walking alone at night. In 1978, San Francisco followed suit and since then Take Back the Night events have spread across the country, particularly among college campuses.

For more information, contact Megan Cook, in Counseling Services, at 665.4172 or