The Jane Kopas Women’s Center will host its 23rd Annual "Take Back the Night" march and rally on Thursday, April 25, to honor people who have experienced sexual violence.
At The University of Scranton, Take Back the Night is a powerful event in which the community is able to stand together to end sexual violence. Each year the student body joins together with the community of Scranton in an effort to raise awareness. This night is powerful because it unites us and aids us in healing. Individuals are able to empower one another by sharing their personal stories.
“The hands that are held, the people embraced in a hug, the light that grows as candles are lit, the strength that rises from the community, and the passion from everyone that wants gender violence to end” is why junior Kristen Nawrocki, a ounseling and human services major, loves Take Back the Night.
The pre-rally on the Dionne Campus Green at Scranton starts at 5 p.m. with performers, demonstrations, resources and activities. At 7:30 p.m., we will join the Women’s Resource Center and continue to the Lackawanna County Courthouse for the rally. The rally will commence at 8 p.m. on the Spruce Street side of the courthouse.
Across the United States, April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time when the Women’s Resource Center focuses its attention on the national movement to end all forms of sexual violence. The public is encouraged to participate in Take Back the Night as it offers a strong vocal and visual statement to the community for ending sexual violence.