The Women’s Circle will host Take Back the Night, an event to raise awareness of violence against women, tomorrow, Thursday, April 26. Students are invited to gather at 8 p.m. under the Arches, where the Women’s Circle associates will lead a march around campus, dedicating a moment of silence to the victims of violence.
The first recorded Take Back the Night event took place in October 1975, when Citizens of Philadelphia came together after the murder of a young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, and held a candlelight procession through the streets of Philadelphia. This rally received attention from other countries, resulting in The International Tribunal on Crimes against Women. Two thousand women from 40 countries attended the event in Brussels, Belgium.
The meaning of Take Back the Night changed over the past 30 years, but now its focus has returned to eliminating sexual violence in all forms. Many colleges and universities sponsor these marches across the United States.
Cookies and hot chocolate will be served.