Annual march designed to raise awareness of violence against women
3/21/2005 10:08:52 AM
LYNCHBURG – Women from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College joined with community members to Take Back the Night on Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.
The annual event is a national initiative designed to raise awareness to the growing problem of violence and assault against women. This is the 13th year the College has sponsored the march on campus. About 30 students spend months preparing for the week of events.
The events, which began last week, included the Clothesline Project and a presentation by Debbie Miller called, “Breaking the Silence.” Students could also participate in a poetry performance and showing of the movie, “What’s Love Got to Do With It.”
A self-defense workshop iwas scheduled for Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Student Center. The week culminate on Thursday, March 24 with the march.
The march left from R-MWC’s Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Participants marched to College President Kathleen Bowman’s house on Rivermont Avenue, where a candlelight vigil was held. A survivor told her story and Songshine performed. The participants then marched back to the Student Center for a raffle and concert by the Thornbird Band.
Women (and men) across the nation Take Back the Night each year in an effort to raise awareness of abuse against women. The program, which began in the 1970s, initially focused on rape and assault and making the streets safer at night. It has evolved to include a wider range of sexual violence, including domestic violence, date rape, etc.
For more information, please contact Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager, at 947-8142.
CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of Communications