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2013.08.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: unonews@unomaha.edu

contact: Hali Barber - UNO Women's Resource Center
phone: 402.216.5822 - email: hbarber@unomaha.edu

UNO Students Stage "Take Back the Night" Rally at Stinson Park for Abuse Survivors

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring a “Take Back the Night” rally for abuse victims, survivors and those who support them. The free event will take place Thursday, Sept. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.

The rally will be positive and action-oriented with featured speakers, information booths on community resources, an open mic for survivors who wish to share their stories and a candlelight vigil for victims.

Other participating organizations include: the Women’s Center for Advancement, the Domestic Violence Council, Methodist Health System and the Women’s Fund of Omaha.

The Take Back the Night Foundation is a charity with the international initiative to end sexual violence through awareness events. The organization was founded in 1975 in Philadelphia when residents staged a rally to call attention to the death of Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death by a stranger while walking home alone.

After the Philadelphia rally, similar marches and rallies sprouted up around the world in response to various acts of violence against women including locations in England, Belgium, Rome, Germany and India.

Thanks to grassroots organizers and the planning assistance provided by the Foundation, Take Back the Night events continue to pop up everywhere — rallies, marches, candlelight vigils, speak-outs — all with the purpose of shedding light on a vicious darkness.

Takebackthenight.org reports that one out of six women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape, one out four has experienced domestic violence, and about one-third of female homicides are perpetrated by an intimate partner.

Additionally, sexual abuse and domestic violence crimes tend to have low-reporting rates, leaving survivors ashamed and silent. Take Back the Night seeks to break the silence by showing survivors they are not alone and the crimes done unto them will not be accepted.

Survivors who want to share their story but remain anonymous can do so at takebackthenight-survivorstories.tumblr.com/.

For more information on the rally or to volunteer at the Sept. 5 Omaha event, please visit http://www.facebook.com/events/564415120264405/ or email the event coordinator, Hali Barber, at hbarber@unomaha.edu.

For media requests, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at unonews@unomaha.edu.

To learn more about the Take Back the Night Foundation, please visit www.takebackthenight.org/.

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