2018 Take Back The Night Rally
Venue: Henderson Lawn, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Miscellaneous
Cost: Free
Virginia Tech presents the 29th Annual Take Back The Night Rally on Thursday, March 29, 2018 starting at the Henderson Lawn Outdoor Stage at Virginia Tech along College Avenue in downtown Blacksburg, VA.

• 6:30-7:00 pm: Assemble at Outdoor Stage
• 7:00 pm: Rally begins

The purpose of this rally and candlelight march is to bring our community together to protest gender-based violence and to promote awareness of attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that perpetuate this violence. United Feminist Movement, which organizes this event, encourages everyone to take action to change our society, a society in which many have reason to fear being out alone, particularly at night.

The rally will be followed by a march through campus and downtown Blacksburg, returning to the Henderson Lawn Outdoor Stage for a closing celebration.

Marchers have called attention to gender-based violence, the sexual harassment, misogyny, assaults, rapes, and murders. This violence affects both individuals in the community and the community as a whole.

People of all genders and ages are encouraged to march, either as individuals or as part of a group. Organizations are invited to bring signs or a group banner in support of Take Back the Night, which is part of Women’s Month 2018.

Each participant is asked to wear a purple ribbon tied with a knot for every friend or family member who has been sexually assaulted. Ribbons will be worn throughout Women’s Month to show support for victims and to protest sexual violence against all people. Purple ribbons will be available at information tables at Take Back the Night and each weekday at the Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, located at 206 Washington Street.

Candles will also be provided.

The march route is accessible for individuals with mobility limitations. If you are a person needing assistance, please call 540-231-8041 at least one week in advance.

The rain location is the Graduate Life Center Auditorium at Virginia Tech.

Sponsoring organizations include AdvanceVT, Coalition for Justice, Commission on Student Affairs, Cranwell International Center, Cultural and Community Centers, Division of Student Affairs, Graduate School, Graduate Student Assembly, Hokie Wellness, HokiePRIDE, Interfraternity Council, League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, Montgomery County NOW, Office of the Dean of Students, Panhellenic Council, Residence Hall Federation, Sexual Assault and Violence Education by Students (SAVES), Sexual Violence Prevention Council, Student Government Association, United Feminist Movement, VT Engage, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Women’s Center at Virginia Tech, Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, WUVT, and YMCA at Virginia Tech.

For more information, please contact Susan Anderson at 540-231-8041 or 540-951-2013, or e-mail her at anderson@math.vt.edu or visit https://gobblerconnect.vt.edu/event/1894662 or https://www.facebook.com/events/355724338241485/.
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