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U of L’s “Take Back The Night” Set For Tuesday

The University of Louisville’s annual “Take Back the Night” event is this week on the Belknap Campus.

Organizer Sharon LaRue says “Take Back the Night” was initiated more than two decades ago to raise awareness about violence against women.

“We really look at it as a time to tell the truth about what’s happening, a time of empowerment, in other words we’re saying that women have the right to walk at night without any fear. And it’s a night of unity, because we’re marching with men to represent that men and women are working to end violence in our community,” she said.

The program will include a march, musical performances and speeches, with a keynote address by Marta Miranda, director of the Louisville Center for Women and Families.

It begins at 5:30pm tomorrow at U of L.

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U of L Official Says White House Call to Stop Sexual Assaults at Colleges Will Fight Unreported Attacks

A University of Louisville official says the White House’s latest campaign to stop sexual assaults on college campuses is a welcome step.

This week, Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan encouraged universities to more closely follow the provisions of Title IX meant to prevent sexual assaults. Those provisions outline how investigations should take place and bar victims from being punished for using drugs or alcohol before the assault.

Sharon LaRue directs U of L’s PEACC program, which works to prevent sexual assault and help victims. She says the reminders of current law and the increased attention on sexual assault strike at one of the school’s chief problems—students who are afraid to report attacks.

“If there’s alcohol involved, if they feel like they had some amount of responsibility in the action—even though we know that’s not true, but sometimes they feel that—or if it’s someone they know, they’re not really likely to come forward and report.”

LaRue says U of L already follows many of the guidelines the White House is stressing. About 28 assaults are reported at U of L each semester, but LaRue says many go unreported.