LHU's HOPE Center to Hold Annual “Take Back the Night” Rally & March

LOCK HAVEN, PA – Lock Haven University’s HOPE Center will hold its annual Take Back the Night rally and march on April 2nd at 6 p.m. in front of Price Auditorium. The event is held to raise awareness about sexual violence and the impact it has on the freedom and well-being of all women and men.

WHAT:          Take Back the Night Rally & March

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Lock Haven University’s Price Auditorium

WHO:             Dr. Lisette Schilling, (570) 484.2765, or the HOPE Center, (570) 484.2111

This year, the rally will especially concern itself with sexual assault on college campuses and universities. Speakers will include Aimee Grugan of the Clinton County Women’s Center, LHU students, faculty, staff, and community members. There will also be “open mic” time allotted for attendees to share their stories about sexual violence and survivorship. The event will officially close with the traditional march around campus, symbolizing the continuing need to light the night and reclaim it for the safety of all persons.

Take Back the Night, also known as “Reclaim the Night,” has a long and powerful history, nationally and internationally. The first anti-violence rally in the United States that used the slogan “Take Back the Night” occurred in 1977 at a Pittsburgh, PA rally organized to protest sexual violence. A year later, 3000 marched through the “red light” district of San Francisco in the first officially organized Take Back the Night, organized by Women Against Violence in Pornography and Media. Since the 1970s, Take Back the Night marches have been established across the globe, including countries such as Belgium, Canada, India, Germany, England, and Australia, all in an effort to break the silence about sexual violence, in all its forms.

The event is sponsored by LHU’s HOPE Center. The HOPE Center, which opened in February 2009 and is housed in Russell Hall, lower level rooms 10, 12, and 14, provides a safe place for students to discuss issues regarding sex, gender, personal safety, sexual violence, and social justice. For more information about this event, contact the HOPE Center at (570) 484-2111, or HOPE Center Director and Advisory Board Chair Dr. Lisette Schillig at (570) 484-2765, lschilli@lhup.edu. To learn more about the HOPE Center’s purpose and upcoming events, visit the website at: http://www.lhup.edu/students/campus_safety/hope_center/index.html.

Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.