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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts "Take Back the Night" March

Loyola press release - October 28, 2015

Protest unites local universities in crusade against sexual violence

Loyola University New Orleans is joining the international wave of peaceful protests to end rape and other forms of sexual violence by hosting a candlelight vigil and march at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. The ceremony and march will begin outside the Marquette Building on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

More than 600 participants are expected to march down St. Charles Avenue and end at Tulane’s campus where survivors will share their stories at a “speak-out”. Loyola is partnering with Dillard, Tulane, Xavier universities, the University of New Orleans and Our Lady of Holy Cross College for the Crescent City’s 24th annual Take Back the Night event and March Against Sexual Violence.

Loyola’s community has come out in strong support of assault survivors. Friday, Oct. 23, the volleyball team will host a Domestic Violence Awareness night. On Monday, October 26, Loyola’s Students Against Sexual Assault in partnership with Fraternity & Sorority Life will sponsor a talk at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. Tim Mousseau of Campusspeak will present “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation”.

Dillard University is also hosting a pre-event poetry slam set at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at Will W. Alexander Library. The spoken word performance features students from each of the participating universities sharing personal pieces written to raise awareness about sexual assault as well as urge consent and respect in intimate relationships. The performance is free and open to the public.

Raffle tickets are now on sale at each campus for a drawing held Friday, Oct. 30. Prizes include gift certificates to Boucherie, Pizza Delicious, Bao & Noodle, Dat Dog, Midway Pizza, Maple Street Bookstore and Le Mieux Galleries, as well as items from Dirty Coast Press and a Tibetan Handicrafts gift basket.

All funds raised will be equally distributed to benefit three local service groups dedicated to serving victims and survivors of gender-based violence, including the New Orleans Family Justice Center, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program. Last year, the fundraising effort raised more than $2,200.

Take Back the Night is going social this year. Follow the conversation on Twitter and track #TBTNOLA to join in Loyola’s virtual Take Back the Night march. There is also a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Take-Back-the-Night-485090104848902/.