(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans announces the 16th annual “Women and Men Take Back the Night” march on Wednesday, October 10. This community event, sponsored by Loyola and Tulane Universities, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Marquette Hall horseshoe, on the Loyola University main campus, 6363 St. Charles Avenue.
This community event is a call to end sexual violence against women. It is also a powerful healing ritual for survivors of violence and for the men and women who care about them.
The evening is designed primarily to heighten awareness of sexual violence against women, men, and children and to empower female survivors. The emotionally powerful evening will begin with speakers from Loyola, Tulane, and the New Orleans community, who will share their personal stories of abuse and healing. Following the speeches, at 6:45 p.m., a candlelight march will proceed to Roger’s Chapel on Tulane’s campus. At 7 p.m., the closing ceremonies will offer an open microphone.
This year, the Take Back the Night march will also hold a raffle fundraiser in support of women’s and survivor services in the greater New Orleans area. Raffle tickets will be $1 each. Raffle prizes are to be announced. Monetary donations and donations of goods can be brought to the Take Back the Night tables that will be set up on the first floor of the Danna Student Center from October 3 through October 10 and at the event itself, or to the University Counseling Center at Loyola on the 2nd floor of the Danna Student Center. Goods donations can be items such as underwear, socks, personal hygiene products, office supplies, etc. for women’s shelters. T-shirts will also be on sale prior to and during the events, with part of the sales benefiting the fundraiser. Monetary and goods donations will benefit the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and Crescent House/The Family Justice Center.
The “Take Back the Night” march is open to the entire community, including women, men, survivors, and supporters. For more information, please contact Ilyse Goldberg at (504) 865-3835 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org