MAILED: April 20, 2001
EAU CLAIRE Students Empowering Women Against Violence will host the
seventh annual Take Back the Night rally at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, on the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire central campus mall.
The event, designed to promote sexual assault awareness,
features speakers from the Bolton Refuge House, Campus Safety, Novus and Sacred
Heart Hospital among others. There also will be musical performances and a speak
out, where the microphone will be open for individuals to share their own
"The rally has three purposes," said senior Molly
Collier, SEWAV president, Eau Claire. "We want to increase awareness,
offer support and compassion, and encourage empowerment for women."
The event also will feature the Clothesline Project,
which consists of shirts with handwritten messages from sexual assault survivors
displayed on a clothesline. The shirts will be on display April 24-25 in Towers
Hall and April 26 on the central campus mall.
Following the rally, participants will proceed to Water
Street for a candlelight march and vigil. The march symbolizes a movement to
take back the night and reclaim the streets where so many violent crimes occur
SEWAV, the Student Senate, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Delta
Zeta sponsor the Take Back the Night rally. The rally is free and open to the
public. Snacks and refreshments will be served.
In the event of bad weather, the rally will be help in
the Davies Center near Burger King.
For more information, call Collier at (715) 834-9558.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 20, 2001