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Loyola University New Orleans sponsors "Women and Men Take Back The Night" march

Loyola press release - October 6, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans sponsors the ninth annual "Women and Men Take Back the Night" march on Tuesday, October 19, beginning in the Marquette Hall horseshoe on St. Charles Avenue at 7 p.m. The march is a call to end sexual violence.

The evening begins with speakers sharing their personal and emotionally charged stories of rape, assault, or domestic violence, ending with messages of healing and hope. Next, candles are lighted by survivors of violence and carried into the crowd to light participants’ candles. This provides a visual image of the large number of people whose lives have been impacted by violence.

The march route proceeds from Loyola up St. Charles Avenue to Broadway, turning onto Freret Street ending in Tulane’s Pocket Park. Here others will have the opportunity to speak out against violence in this community.

The "Women and Men Take Back the Night" march is open to the entire Greater New Orleans community—survivors and supporters. The event is sponsored by Loyola and Tulane universities. Last year, over 500 people participated in the march.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Sun in Loyola’s Counseling and Career Services Center at 865-3835.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.