Take Back the Night Rally

Take Back the Night Rally & Vigil
Thursday, October 18, 2007, 7 pm
(Rain or Shine)
Terry O’Brien Shelter, Victory Park
Pickerington, Ohio

download flyerMen, women, and children are invited to gather for a rally and candlelight vigil in downtown Pickerington for the second local “Take Back the Night”celebration. Sign interpreters will be available for the event.

Activities for the evening will include speakers, a candlelight march, music, and dramatic readings. Speakers will include Sheriff Dave Phalen, Pickerington Police Chief Michael Taylor, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Victim Advocate Amber Howell, Becky Saunders, Brenda Layman, and others who will discuss the local problems of violence, share readings of strength and empowerment, and give insights and ideas for empowerment.

Immediately following the program, a special candlelight procession will move through the town square to symbolically take back the night in which women and children are afraid to walk. The purpose is to honor the
memory of victims and the spirit of survivors by raising awareness. The public is invited to participate. This event is a collaborative effort between women’s studies alumni and community volunteers.

Take Back the Night began in New York City in 1973 as an effort to break the silence that enables violence to continue. Violence has become a part of our daily existence, touching every generation, race, and social stratum. By bringing women together, it enables women to empower one another through shared experiences instead of remaining isolated and powerless. “We take back the night to begin a new day,” says one organizer.

Contact: 740-536-7324 OR 614-736-6545 (Pam Kaylor)


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