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Press Release for Tuesday, October 1, 2019

UNF Hosts Annual ‘Take Back the Night’ March/Candlelight Vigil

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Women’s Center and Alpha Chi Omega women’s fraternity will observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with the 11th annual “Take Back the Night” march and candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, on Osprey Plaza, Student Union, Building 58.

The event kicks off with a resource fair at 6:30 p.m. at Osprey Plaza, where campus and community organizations will be available to provide information to survivors of violent crimes. The fair will be followed by a cross-campus march, led by the Edward Waters College Drumline, at 7:30 p.m. at the Osprey Crossings residence hall (Buildings Q-S), ending with a candlelight vigil on Osprey Plaza. The cross-campus march represents the solidarity of individuals who aren’t afraid to stand up and speak out against violence.

“Take Back the Night” aims to unite the community to take a stand against interpersonal violence/abuse and to honor as well as remember those who have survived and those who have lost their lives. During the program, there will be an opportunity for survivors to speak and share their story.

For more than 40 years, “Take Back the Night” events have been organized by colleges and communities around the globe and provide an opportunity for women to break the silence of abuse as well as victimization, bringing people together to stand in unity against interpersonal violence in their communities.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the UNF Women’s Center at (904) 620-2528 or at

The Women’s Center advocates for the political, social and economic gains of all people by eradicating gender-based inequalities in a supportive atmosphere that encourages as well as facilitates the evolution and development of personal/academic potentials.

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.