Trine University plans annual Take Back the Night rally, march

By Cody Konieczki
communication ’17

MARCH 30 – 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 13, on the lawn of Best Hall on Trine University’s main campus. In the event of unpleasant weather, the event will take place in Best Hall Room 229.

Pizza, sandwiches, refreshments and games will be available to start off the event, with a speaker scheduled at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., a march to Monument Circle, or the “Mound,” will unite the community against sexual assault, domestic violence and violence against women and children. By popular demand, men will be asked to “Wear a Pair” of women’s shoes during the march to symbolize their support of the cause.

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

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

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

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