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Texas Tech Hosts March for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hope Lenamon

April 23, 2018

Take Back the Night promotes discussion, support and awareness.

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The Texas Tech Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) will host Take Back the Night at 8 p.m. Wednesday (April 25) at Memorial Circle.

The first Take Back the Night event in the United States took place in 1975 and served as an entry point to political consciousness for many. Today, it has become an annual march worldwide. At Texas Tech, the FMLA hosts Take Back the Night to provide students and faculty a safe space to have an open discussion about sexual assault and domestic violence while also giving survivors support and a place to share their stories.

The event will begin with poster making and speeches from members of the campus community. Then, participants will march from Memorial Circle down Broadway. After the march, a speak-out and candlelight vigil, where survivors can share their stories, will be held.

The Clothesline Project, a collection of clothing items with personal statements written on them, will be on display throughout the event for people to view. The project gives a voice to those impacted and silenced by sexual assault and domestic violence, while also providing viewers information on how to recognize and prevent violence, reach out to survivors and make a difference in the community.

Throughout the night, resources will be available from Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) and the Student Counseling Center as well as other departments on campus. 

Students experiencing an immediate mental health or interpersonal violence crisis should call the Texas Tech Crisis Helpline at (806) 742-5555 for 24-hour assistance.