EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Media are welcome to cover the march. To protect victims’ confidentiality and promote sharing of stories, media are not allowed to attend the sharing of stories session prior to the march.
SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University students will gather on campus to “Take Back the Night” Friday, March 1 as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness regarding sexual violence on college campuses and in communities.
Gonzaga students will gather in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium at 7 p.m. for a sharing of stories followed by a candlelight vigil that will begin at the Jepson Center and conclude at the Crosby Student Center where a closing ceremony will take place at approximately 9 p.m.
The march is meant to honor victims of domestic, sexual, dating, and gender violence. Take Back the Night is a worldwide movement that began in Belgium in 1976 and was first marched by the women who attended the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women. It has become an annual event throughout the United States to give voice to survivors of sexual violence, and to focus on eliminating sexual violence.
The event is sponsored by the Gonzaga student club, SPEAK UP (Students Promoting Equality, Awareness, & Knowledge: University Progressives), which is affiliated with the Gonzaga women’s and gender studies department. The event is part of Gonzaga’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week or Silence Week.