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Press Release for Tuesday, September 29, 2009

UNF Sponsors Take Back the Night Event


Joanna Norris, Assistant Director

Department of Media Relations and Events

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida Women’s Center will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a “Take Back the Night” event on Tuesday, Oct. 6, beginning at 7:30 p.m.


The event will feature a march from the UNF Osprey Crossings Courtyard (Buildings Q-S) to Osprey Plaza, in front of the Student Union, and will conclude with a candle-lighting ceremony and speak-out session. The event is free and open to the public.


“Take Back the Night” brings people together to stand in unity against interpersonal violence and abuse in their community. The march represents the solidarity of women and men who are not afraid to stand up and speak out against violence.


The candle-lighting ceremony honors victims and survivors of violence; and the “speak out” is an opportunity for survivors and supporters to share their stories. “Take Back the Night” events have been held by colleges and communities across the country for more than 30 years.


The event is presented in collaboration with Alpha Chi Omega, The National Society of Leadership and Success, V-Day UNF, UNF Health Promotions, UNF LGBT Resource Center, African American Student Union, National Pan-Hellenic Council, JASMYN, Hubbard House and the Women’s Center of Jacksonville. The event is funded in part by UNF Student Government.


For more information about “Take Back the Night,” contact DeeAnne Crookham at (904) 620-2528 or by e-mail at