University community fights sexual assault at national rally

Lauren Gallagher

News Co-Editor

In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the time of year has arrived for the 27th annual Take Back The Night event.

A pre-rally on campus, hosted by The University’s Jane Kopas Women’s Center, is set to take place Thursday night, followed by a march down to the annual rally at the Scranton Courthouse.

Take Back the Night is a national rally against relationship violence and sexual assault, and each year member of The University community use their voices to raise awareness by participating in the event.

Neuroscience major Briana Crilley says Take Back The Night is a great way to show support for those who have had personal experiences with abuse or assault.

“Whether or not they (people abused or assaulted) choose to speak out, it’s a way to build a support system and know that you are not in it alone. We are a very caring community and helping/speaking at the event lets people who have experienced some form of abuse or assault know that they have a support system, even if they don’t know it, and that they are never alone,” Crilley said.

The campus pre-rally will include information tables, activity booths and music while the rally at the courthouse will include speakers, music and a candlelight vigil to conclude the evening.

The University teams up with the Women’s Resource Center of Lackawanna County for the event and also displays The University’s chapter of the National Clothesline Project. The National Clothesline Project is an organization that brings awareness to the issue of violence against women.

If you wish to participate in raising awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence, meet on the Dionne Green at 5 p.m.

 

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