Take Back the Night returns to campus as an in-person event

After two years as a virtual event due to the pandemic, Take Back the Night returns as an in-person gathering on the University of Oregon campus and in downtown Eugene.

Officially known as the Take Back the Night Rally, March and Speak Out Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the event takes place on Thursday, April 28. It begins with a rally at the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater at 6 p.m., followed by a march at 7 a.m. and a speech at 8 p.m.

Take Back the Night is an annual international event founded in 1976. Its goal is to raise awareness of the realities of sexual and domestic violence on campus and in the community, both for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and for those who want to support and bear witness in solidarity.

After the rally on campus, the survivor-centered event continues in the form of a march through the streets of Eugene to symbolize the demand for human safety on public streets at night. It concludes with a student-led speaking engagement on campus, during which survivors can share personal stories of the impact of sexual and domestic violence on their lives.

The theme of this year’s event is to end the culture of silence that surrounds sexual and domestic violence by focusing on marginalized communities often excluded from discussions of sexual and domestic violence, despite being disproportionately affected by this violence.

The gathering will feature OU student speakers from diverse backgrounds, including Native American, Latina, LGBTQIA+, and international communities, and many more.

Take Back the Night is scent-free and wheelchair accessible, and transportation is available to and from the speaking outlet. American Sign Language interpretation will also be provided at the rally.

Rally organizers are requesting that no UO professional or media staff be present during this portion of the event to provide space for students to have supportive peer-to-peer dialogue circles.

Take Back the Night is presented by the UO Women’s Center in conjunction with UO campus groups, including OU MuxèresAlpha Chi Omega Sorority, Hope & Safety Alliance, the UO Green Garter Band and more.

The event will take place rain or shine and is free and open to the public. Masks are not mandatory but strongly encouraged. For more information, contact Kati Rodriguez Perez or Fatima Roohi Pervaiz at the UO Women’s Center.

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