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.
(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.
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.
Contact the Haven Project at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this event and to
learn how you can volunteer to make Take Back the Night 2015 a huge success.