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Creighton University Holds Third Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March to Honor Survivors of Sexual Assault

Creighton University’s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center will hold its third annual Take Back the Night Rally, March, and After-Event on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. on the steps of St. John’s Church on the Creighton campus.

Take Back the Night is a national day of action and awareness dedicated to ending sexual violence in all forms. Creighton’s survivor-centered event will begin at St. John’s Church and will include a rally with keynote speakers, including a featured student survivor of sexual assault, followed by an open mic where survivors and their supporters can speak out and share their stories. Afterward, participants will lead a march to the Skutt Student Center Ballroom for the After-Event, where attendees can travel between stations learning more about violence prevention, consent, and how to be an active bystander. The Clothesline Project, featuring T-shirts made by survivors, will be on display.

Last year, more than 200 participants from Creighton and the Omaha community attended Take Back the Night.

Coinciding with Take Back the Night is Denim Day. Denim Day encourages individuals to wear jeans in support of sexual assault survivors and to take a stand against victim-blaming. The event has its origins in the aftermath of a rape conviction that was overturned due to the victim wearing tight jeans at the time of the attack. Last year, more than 2,000 Creighton community members participated.

For more information about the event contact Lauren Ward, associate director for Violence Intervention and Prevention in the VIP Center, at 402-280-4131or LaurenWard@Creighton.edu.

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