Press Release for Thursday, September 18, 2014
UNF Hosts Annual Take Back the Night March and Candlelight Vigil
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida Women’s Center and Alpha Chi Omega women’s fraternity will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the sixth annual “Take Back the Night” march and candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, on the UNF campus. More than 500 UNF students and community members are expected to participate in this event.
The event kicks off with an awareness fair at 6:30 p.m. on Osprey Plaza at the Student Union, Building 58, where campus and community organizations will be available to provide information to survivors of violent crimes. At 7:30 p.m., the cross-campus march will commence from the Osprey Crossings Courtyard (Buildings Q-S) to the Student Union Plaza.
The program will include a speaker, survivor and author Lauren Makarov, who will share her story of triumph over violence. Additionally, there will be a survivor speak-out, concluding with a candle–lighting ceremony, honoring victims and survivors of intimate partner violence.
“Take Back the Night” events have been held by colleges and communities around the globe for more than 30 years and provides an opportunity for women to break the silence of abuse/victimization, bringing people together to stand in unity against interpersonal violence in their communities. The cross-campus march represents the solidarity of women and men who aren’t afraid to stand up and speak out against violence.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.