Take Back the Night march is today

Take Back the Night march is today

Take Back the Night, an event to inspire both women and men to confront sexual violence against women, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, Monday, April 28. March for the women in your life, starting at Cretin and Summit avenues. The march will be followed by a rally and bonfire in Foley Plaza.

Patricia Weaver Francisco

The guest speaker is a longtime Minneapolis resident and author, Patricia Weaver Francisco, who was raped in 1981. Her book, Telling: A Memoir of Rape and Recovery, shows that rape is more than one night of horror. "Its effects – in the form of nightmares, paranoia, despair, shame, and myriad other posttraumatic symptoms – last for years, even infinitely, in the mind and body of the one who was raped" (City Pages).

Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has confronted a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that everyone has the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.

This event is co-sponsored by the Luann Dummer Center for Women, the Sexual Violence Prevention Committee and the ACTC schools.

For more information, visit this Take Back the Night Web site.