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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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"Take Back The Night" Vigil Is Tuesday At U of L

The annual “Take Back the Night” vigil will be held this week at the University of Louisville to raise awareness of violence against women.

This is the 20th year for the event in Louisville. It was created in Europe in the 1970s.

Local organizer Sharon Larue says it’s been beneficial, but there’s more work to be done.

“We’re within national statistics. I don’t think there’s any more violence here in Louisville
than other major cities, but it’s something people may or may not be aware of, the statistics on it, and we know that one in four women will be affected by violence,” Larue said.

The “Take Back the Night” vigil and march will be held Tuesday evening on the U of L Belknap campus.