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R-MWC Holds Annual Take Back the Night Events

Activities focused on raising awareness of violence against women, children and families

3/13/2006 4:14:13 PM


LYNCHBURG – R-MWC will host a series of “Take Back the Night” events during the next two weeks, continuing its tradition as the coordinator of a local campaign for the international rally. Take Back the Night brings together women, men, and children with the purpose of raising awareness of violence again women, children, and families. These events culminate in a community march along Rivermont Avenue.

The annual rallies began in England as a protest against the fear that women encountered as they walked the streets at night. The first U.S. rally was held in 1978 in San Francisco and is now a collaboration of campuses and communities who come together to take a stand against violence.

R-MWC has traditionally invited many members of the Lynchburg Community to participate in the events: self-defense instructors, police officers, local survivors of violence against women, and students from all over central Virginia, including fraternities from Hampton-Sydney, who march with the group along Rivermont Avenue.

Coordinated by students, Shastan Kuschke and Lauren Balasco, the event has become an annual tradition at R-MWC. Terry Hall, assistant dean of students and director of residence life, is the advisor to the group.

This year’s events include:

Wednesday, March 15: Clothesline and Open Mic Night

Help air society’s dirty laundry by decorating t-shirts to encourage victims or let other know how you feel about violence against women. T-Shirts will be displayed clothesline style. Then, the state will open for you to sing, read a poem, or share a personal story.

7 p.m., Student Center

Saturday, March 18: Movie Night

Come watch powerful and thought-provoking films about violence against women. This will be a double-feature, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

8 p.m., Student Center

Monday, March 20: Discussion Panel on “What is Rape?”

The definition of rape is often misunderstood. Come discuss this topic with some special guests: A Lynchburg Police Officer, a worker from the Sexual Assault Response Program, and others.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations