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

Loyola press release - October 17, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans sponsors the 11th annual "Women and Men Take Back the Night" march on Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m. The march will begin in the Marquette Hall horseshoe, on the Loyola University main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.

The event, sponsored by Loyola and Tulane University, is a call to end sexual violence and a powerful healing ritual for survivors and for the men and women who care about them. Last year, over 500 people participated in the march.

The march route will be the same as previous year's route, proceeding from Loyola, up St. Charles Avenue to Broadway, turning onto Freret Street, and ending in Tulane's Pocket Park.

The program begins at Loyola, with a speaker sharing her personal and emotionally charged stories of rape, assault, or domestic violence, and ends with messages of healing and hope. Candles are lighted by survivors of violence and carried into the crowd to light participants' candles and to provide a visual image of the large number of people whose lives have been impacted by violence. After the march to Tulane, a second survivor will tell her story. Members of the crowd wishing to speak out against violence will also have the opportunity to so.

T-shirts and buttons will be available at Pocket Park throughout the day of the event. The "Take Back the Night" march is open to the entire community, women and men, survivors and supporters. For more information, please contact Connie Briscoe in Loyola's Counseling and Career Services Center at 865-3835.