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"Women and Men Take Back the Night" march scheduled October 16

Loyola press release - October 14, 2002

(New Orleans)--Loyola University New Orleans and Tulane University are sponsoring the 12th annual “Women and Men Take Back the Night” march on Wednesday, October 16, 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 is designed primarily to heighten awareness of sexual violence against women and to empower female survivors. The emotionally powerful evening includes two speakers who share their personal stories of rape, assault, or domestic violence, and their journeys to healing and hope. Last year, over 500 people participated in the march.

The opening ceremonies include the lighting of candles by survivors of violence that are then carried into the crowd to light other participants’ candles. These candles provide a visual image of the large number of people whose lives have been impacted by violence. Judy Gorman, singer/songwriter/ guitarist, will provide musical accompaniment.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., the participants will march from Loyola University, 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 our community. T-shirts and buttons will be available at the Pocket Park all day on October 16.

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.