2010.03.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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April 8 Event to Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault
Omaha - College age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted, according the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
To draw attention to the issues of sexual violence and abuse, the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) presents the “Take Back the Night” rally Thursday, April 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Plaza.
“This event is important to the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus, as well as the greater community,” said Rachel Tomlinson Dick, director of the UNO Women’s Resource Center.
The rally and candlelight vigil includes a speaker and an open-mic session for survivors to share their stories. The event also features music by Melissa Geary, member of the local Omaha band Honeybee.
“The Take Back the Night Rally seeks to shatter the silence that often surrounds sexual violence in our culture and provide a safe forum for education and empowerment, “ Tomlinson Dick said.
Michael Kaufman, founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, will be the keynote speaker.
Co-sponsors of the rally are:
• Women’s Studies Program
• Counseling Services
• Student Health Services
• Chancellor’s Commission of the Status of Women
• UNO Voices Against Violence
• Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
• YWCA Omaha.
For more information, contact Rachel Tomlinson Dick (402) 554-2730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the UNO Women’s Resource Center
The Women’s Resource Center is a student-run, multi-service agency offering opportunities to explore and discover resources pertaining to women’s concerns. The Center works with the UNO community to address women’s issues both on campus and in the Omaha metropolitan area.
About Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night is a 501(c) 3 public funded charity with the mission of ending sexual violence in all forms and lending support to survivors. The grassroots efforts over the last 30 years in the form of marches and rallies around the world are the energy and spirit behind its mission.
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