Take Back the Night
When: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: Gather at Arvest Plaza on Fayetteville Square between 6:45-7pm; march starts at 7pm.
Route: Through Fayetteville by way of East Street to Dickson Street to campus in front of Old Main for closing events.
Events: Proclamation, Brief Keynote Address, Public Speak-Out, Candlelight Vigil, Inspirational Song Performance
In April 2002,RESPECT of the STAR Central Office, University Health Services decided to bring back the Take Back the Night March to the Northwest Arkansas Community. It had been years since such an event had been held. RESPECT vowed to make it an annual tradition for the community to have an avenue to speak out against violence against women and sexual violence. Many community members and groups become involved with this event, help promote it, provide information, and speak out at the march. Past activities of the March include: a proclamation from the city of Fayetteville, a speak-out, a candlelight vigil, poem readings, inspirational singing, advocacy speakers, and more. Men, women, and children march together as a unified voice denouncing violence against women. The event has caught the eye of many throughout Northwest Arkansas and continues to grow every year.
The March is held during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Gathering for the March traditionally takes place between 6:45-7:00pm at the Arvest Plaza on the Fayetteville Square. The March begins at 7:00pm as participants march to the U of A campus for closing ceremonies. Participants are encouraged to make and carry banners/signs displaying messages that advocate for change and the need for an end to violence against women and sexual violence.
In conjunction with the Take Back the Night March, RESPECT began the Annual Dress Down to Raise Awareness Day in 2006. On the day of the march, employees of participating organizations wear jeans and an official Take Back the Night t-shirt to work during the day as they raise awareness about issues concerning violence, particularly violence against women.