Gather at the Fayetteville Square, Arvest Plaza in Fayetteville, Ark. on April 24 to speak out against sexual violence and sexual abuse. This 12th annual march is organized by the University of Arkansas.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Twelfth Annual Northwest Arkansas “Take Back the Night” march will be held Thursday, April 24. The Pat Walker Health Center RESPECT peer education group (Rape Education Services by Peers Encouraging Conscious Thought), a program of the STAR Central (Office of Support, Training, Advocacy, and Resources on Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence) of the Pat Walker Health Center, invites the community to attend and speak-out against sexual violence and sexual abuse.
The theme of the event is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from sexual violence, the right to be heard and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated. Thousands of “Take Back the Night” marches and rallies have taken place worldwide.
“Violence is a community issue,” said Mary A. Wyandt-Hiebert, director of STAR Central, Pat Walker Health Center. “Take Back the Night” is designed to create awareness, to empower individuals and to inspire action that will foster community change and bring an end to [sexual] violence.”
Scheduled events for the Twelfth Annual “Take Back the Night” march include:
6:45 p.m. – Begin gathering at the Fayetteville Square, Arvest Plaza
7 p.m. - Opening remarks with march immediately following
7:10 p.m. - March from the Fayetteville Square to the Old Main on campus by way of East Street, Dickson Street and across the UA campus.
8 p.m. - Closing activities at Old Main on campus.
Activities at Old Main include a proclamation by Mayor Lioneld Jordan, remarks by Dr. Kristen Jozkowski, Assistant Professor, Community Health Promotion, a speak-out, a candlelight vigil, inspirational singing and more.
Commemorative “glow-in-the-dark” t-shirts are available ($10 per shirt) available at the Pat Walker Health Center while supplies last. Proceeds benefit campus rape awareness and prevention education.
Also, participants are invited to view the Fourth Flag Project after the march, which is on display at the Arkansas Union Mall Area. Based on the national statistic that 1 in 4 college women are sexually assaulted while in college, the Fourth Flag Project will consist of 3,185 flags, each representing every fourth female student enrolled at the University of Arkansas based on Fall 2013 enrollment statistics. “The display is a powerful image of the prevalence of sexual violence that plagues college women,” said Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert.