When one in six women are raped or sexually assaulted in their
lifetimes, we cannot pass the protection of women off as an archaic
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
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
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.