To recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women’s Resource Center, in collaboration with Winona State University’s WILL program, will be hosting its annual Take Back the Night rally and march on Thursday, April 25th 2013, at 6:00PM. The event will start on WSU’s main campus in the Student Activity Center, Kryzsko Commons, with a speak-out session and vigil, where survivors of sexual assault will have a chance to tell their stories and hear from others who have had similar experiences. Following this, participants will march down Huff Street, Broadway, and Main Streets, then back to campus. The march will end back at the WSU Gazebo, where light refreshments will be served.
Take Back the Night is observed nation-wide to empower survivors of sexual assault and raise awareness about this important issue. The event grew into a movement from the first Take Back the Night in 1978, where protesters in San Francisco invoked the slogan following an anti-pornography conference. On that night, those who had been adversely affected by pornography openly shared their stories with those who had gathered. Today, survivor speak-outs are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night. The Winona rally offers survivors of sexual violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences and publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor. Please join us April 25th as members of our community join together to Take Back the Night.