Spread awareness of interpersonal violence and show support for people affected at Take Back the Night in Room 106 of the Agricultural Science Building, part of UI's Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month.
The rally, featuring a speech by Vandal alum Steve Bonnar, will be followed by a candlelit march around campus at dusk. It is hosted by the UI Women’s Center, Violence Prevention Programs and other campus entities.
Take Back the Night originated at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in March 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. College campuses worldwide soon began hosting their own rallies.
“The U of I community is part of a much larger global movement to take a stand and break the shame and silence around sexual assault, intimate partner violence and stalking,” said Lysa Salsbury, director of U of I’s Women’s Center.