FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 31, 2010 #036
Contact: Laura Byerley
UMKC leads community march and rally against sexual violence
Women's Center hosts events for Sexual Assault Awareness MonthThe University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Violence Prevention and Response Project is hosting UMKC's sixth annual Take Back the Night March and Rally on Tuesday, April 20. After a 6:30 p.m. pre-march rally at the UMKC Quad area (near 5120 Rockhill Rd.), students and community members will march to the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., sexual assault survivors will speak about their transitions from victims to survivors. All of UMKC's Sexual Assault Awareness Month events are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required.
Co-sponsors of the event include the UMKC Women's Center, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Fraternity and Sorority Council, Activity and Program Council, Diversity Week and other campus and community organizations.
In 1978, the first United States Take Back the Night march took place in San Francisco. Today, Take Back the Night coincides with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which provides an annual opportunity to promote awareness of sexual violence and its prevention. Information on the national campaign and events can be found at http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/. For more information on Take Back the Night, visit http://takebackthenight.org.
"For many years, UMKC has hosted Take Back the Night marches," said Kerra McCorkle, violence prevention coordinator at the UMKC Women's Center. "Each year, this event provides a great forum for students and community members to speak out against violence, promote awareness of sexual violence prevention and find ways to reduce violence in Kansas City."
The Women's Center will offer sexual assault awareness and response information and items for sale on the following dates:
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 5 at Johnson Residence Hall, 5051 Oak St.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14 at the Health Sciences Building, 2464 Charlotte St.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 at Royall Hall, 800 E. 52nd St.
This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).