Press Release for Friday, March 31, 2017
UNF Hosts ‘Walk in a Woman’s Shoes’ and ‘Take Back the Night’ March/Candlelight Vigil
Contact: Amanda Dawson, PR Specialist
of Public Relations
The University of North Florida’s Women’s
Center will host a day of annual events in solidarity of National Sexual
Assault Awareness Month. These events aim to unite the community to take a
stand against interpersonal violence and abuse and to honor and remember those
who have survived as well as those who lost their lives.
The “Walk in a Woman’s Shoes” event will take
place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, on the UNF Green, in front of the
Fine Arts Center, Building 45. An awareness fair will begin at 6:30 p.m. on
Osprey Plaza in front of the Student Union, Building 58. The “Take Back the
Night” march will begin 7:30 p.m. at Osprey Crossings Courtyard (Buildings Q-S)
and move to Osprey Plaza.
events initiates a conversation about a topic that often goes undiscussed,”
said Brandi Winfrey, Women’s Center coordinator. “We want the community to become
comfortable discussing sexual assault and interpersonal violence.”
The “Walk in a Woman’s Shoes” event will focus
on figuratively walking in the shoes of a sexual assault survivor. Various exhibits
will be setup, including a “Sole Survivors’” tent, which will display men, women
and children’s shoes with sexual assault facts for each population. Additionally,
there will be a “Clothesline Project” to decorate shirts that serve as a physical
representation to honor or remember those who have been affected by sexual
violence. Teal ribbons, T-shirts and light snacks will be provided.
Members of the University community will lead
the “Take Back the Night” march, representing the solidarity of women and men
who aren’t afraid to stand up and speak out against violence. The candlelight
vigil as well as survivor speak-out will conclude the event in Osprey Plaza by
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 40 years and provide an
opportunity for women to break the silence of abuse and victimization, bringing
people together to stand in unity against interpersonal violence in their
These events are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 or at
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