The University of Connecticut Violence Against Women Prevention Program (VAWPP) is preparing for its annual Take Back the Night at 7 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday evening.
Take Back The Night is a women’s empowerment event and provides a safe space for those who have encountered assault, sexual violence and rape in the past to speak out and share their stories, according to the UConn Women’s Center website. Also, the event aims to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence through protest and healing.
This year’s event will start with an introduction by VAWPP and several invited speakers and performers. Later on, the group will hold a candlelight march around campus as a way to speak out against sexual violence and rape, and then reconvene for an opportunity for survivors to tell their stories in a late-night coffeehouse style talk, according to the Women’s Center website.
VAWPP has held previous events in order to prepare for this year’s Take Back the Night, including sign-painting at the UConn Women’s Center earlier in March.
Last year’s Take Back The Night included a visit to Celeron Path, as part of the Celeron Path beautification project, where students helped to plant five cherry trees as a symbol of growth and renewal.
Students of all genders, majors, ages and experiences are encouraged to attend and support their fellow classmates, according to the Women’s Center Website.
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