As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Lehigh will hold its annual “Take Back the Night” march Monday, April 23 starting at 6 p.m.
The march will begin at the Lookout Point, and will conclude at the memorial plaque outside Stoughton Hall that is dedicated to Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was raped and murdered on-campus on April 5, 1986.
An opportunity for students to speak out against violence against women will follow the march at Lower Centennial II. The post-march “speakout” is closed to the media.
“Take Back the Night” is an international movement, organized in local communities to raise awareness of violence against women. The event began in England as a protest against the fear women encountered on the streets at night. The first “Take Back the Night” in the United States took place in San Francisco in 1978.
“With one in four college women in the United States experiencing sexual assault by the time they graduate and three percent of college women being sexually assaulted each academic year nationwide, we wanted to not only raise awareness but also encourage action. It will take all of us—men and women, students, faculty, and staff—to truly change the campus culture and make Lehigh safer for everyone,” says Michelle N. Issadore, the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator at Lehigh.
The “Take Back the Night” march caps off a series of Sexual Assault Awareness Month events planned by the Women’s Center’s Gender and Violence Group. During the month of April, t-shirts sharing the testimonies of women who are affected by sexual assault were hung in the food court seating area of the University Center as part of the Clothesline Project.
Other events this month have included a screening and discussion of the documentary film No! Confronting Sexual Assault in Our Communities
and the multimedia presentation She Fears You
by Keith Edwards of Men Ending Rape.
If there is inclement weather, the location for “Take Back the Night” will be moved to Asa Packer Dining Room, third floor of the University Center.