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Take Back the Night rally puts spotlight on sexual assault

Loyola press release - October 10, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans is partnering with Dillard and Tulane Universities to raise awareness of gender-based violence by hosting the 20th Annual New Orleans Take Back the Night ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. on the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s main campus.

Take Back the Night is an international march and rally intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of sexual violence. The event will begin at Loyola with opening words and testimonies by survivors, followed by a candlelit march down St. Charles Avenue, turning onto Broadway Avenue, and ending at Tulane’s Freeman Auditorium where a closing reflection will be held.

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 19, raffle tickets will be sold in Loyola’s Danna Student Center and on Oct. 26 at the event, with prizes including Saints merchandise and Neiman Marcus skin care products. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Denim and Teal Day by giving a $5 donation to their office Take Back the Night liaison and wearing a teal shirt and ribbon with jeans on Wednesday, Oct. 26. HopeLine will also be collecting old cell phones to be refurbished and donated to local agencies benefiting sexual assault survivors.

Fundraising proceeds go to local charities including Crescent House, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program.

“At a time when violence, intolerance and isolation seem all too prevalent in our fragmented world, Take Back the Night serves as a beacon of hope. It is the voice of our community banded together to say that we want something better for our daughters, sons, sisters, brothers and ourselves. We want non-violence and equality. We want respect and tolerance,” said Brooks Zitzman, chairwoman of Take Back the Night 2011 and staff counselor at Loyola.

For more information about Take Back the Night, contact Zitzman at 504-865-3835 or bzitzman@loyno.edu.