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Apr 282004
 
Authors: Collegian Editorial Editorial

By:

Shandra Jordan

Patrick Crossland

J.J. Babb

Kyle Endres

When one in six women are raped or sexually assaulted in their

lifetimes, we cannot pass the protection of women off as an archaic

problem.

This statistic, taken from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National

Network, demonstrates the importance of sexual assault awareness in

the United States.

Tonight is the Take Back the Night rally and march from 5:30 to

9 p.m., and we urge everyone to attend.

At 5:30 p.m. women will meet in the Sculpture Garden at 5:30

p.m. for Women’s Speak. This separation may seem sexist, but it

only serves to give women a sanctuary to speak about their

experiences. Many of the women who speak out at the Take Back the

Night rally often tell very personal and emotional stories, often

the stories of a violent male who raped or sexually assaulted

them.

Although most males do not rape or assault women, and many in

fact march and rally against such violence, victims may still see

men as a figure of their abuse. In this case it seems obvious to

give women a safe place to speak out about their personal stories

of sexual violence.

But don’t worry, men aren’t left out – they are given the

opportunity to speak out against violence against women during the

Men’s Speak Out and a Joint Rally at 8:10 p.m. at Old Town

Square.

Take Back the Night is about women’s empowerment. Marching in a

large group of women demonstrates their ability to band together

against the violence they see as a gender and march in unity.

Although it is essential to have the backing of all of society,

including men, in this fight against violence, women marching alone

gives the marchers a sense of power and unity.

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