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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts 27th Annual Take Back the Night March

Loyola press release - October 18, 2018

For the 27th consecutive year, Loyola University New Orleans unites local universities in an annual 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 and to show support for survivors on Wednesday as it hosts the Crescent City’s 27th annual “Take Back the Night event and March Against Sexual Violence.”

The annual candlelight vigil and march begin at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 outside the Marquette Building on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

"Take Back the Night is an annual opportunity to stand publicly in solidarity with survivors and to work toward prevention of sexual violence,” said Patricia Boyett, director of the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola. “According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime."

Opening the event this year is Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow, the first woman and lay president to lead Loyola since the university’s founding in 1912. A Harvard-educated lawyer, Tetlow is a legal expert on domestic violence and sexual assault. Less than 90 days into her presidency, she will deliver the opening remarks.

Serving as keynote speaker is Stephanie Boyd, a music therapy graduate student in the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola who started the stopsexualassault.org website, together with her mother, Lynette Boyd.
Take Back the Night takes on heightened awareness as the #MeToo movement sweeps the nation and will come on the heels of a series of events on campuses across the city, including an “Unpacking Rape Culture” student panel at Loyola, a screening of “The Hunting Ground” at University of New Orleans and a spoken word event at Dillard University.

Approximately 600 participants are expected to march across the Loyola and Tulane campuses to Tulane’s Qatar ballroom at the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, where survivors are welcome to 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 to lead this important effort.

Students, faculty, staff and area residents are invited to attend and support this free, public event. Campus police will serve as escorts and advocates will be available at the events in case participants are triggered.

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