Take Back the Night focuses on domestic, sexual violence
The hoots and hollers you hear on campus Thursday night are part of a UNK Women’s Center initiative to help victims of domestic and sexual violence reclaim their voice.
The first ever Take Back the Night event at UNK will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Cope Fountain.
“Take Back the Night is a nationally registered march and rally,” said Anjie Swidergal, a graduate student from Oak Forest, Ill. and Women’s Center intern.
“It’s a chance to literally shatter the silence and get together and be as loud as we can be.”
In an effort to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence, Thursday’s event will feature students, faculty and staff marching amid residence halls and shouting out
chants such as “2, 4, 6, 8, end the violence, end the hate.”
Swidergal said Take Back the Night was created 10 years ago by a non-profit organization to give women and men a chance to speak out against sexual abuse and domestic violence, a topic often regarded as taboo.
“We will be drawing as much attention to ourselves as possible. I think my biggest hope is that the subject gets talked about. Even if just one person is impacted, that makes a world of difference,” Swidergal said.
Take Back the Night is free and open to anyone wishing to participate.
Anyone is free to join the group at anytime.
“It’s an easy way for students to get involved. It’s not just donating money or setting your Facebook status for a day, it is literally saying you’re going to take a stand,” Swidergal said.