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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 Tuesday At U Of L

By Sheila Ash

An event aimed at raising awareness about violence against women is Tuesday night. The Annual “Take Back the Night” vigil is outside the University of Louisville’s Red Barn on the Belknap Campus.

The program is staged by U of L’s violence prevention program PEACC, which stands for Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community.

Director Sharon LaRue says the event began in the 1970’s.

“It was started where women decided they didn’t want to be afraid to walk at night and so they came together and made up this rally where they could have a speak out, they could have a candle light vigil and that they would march and they would do some shouts that were saying you know we’re going to take back the night,” she said.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Tuesday.

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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.