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UIS Students Take Back the Night
Victims of rape and sexual assault and their supporters are calling for an end to violence against women.
The seventh annual Take Back the Night march and rally was held Friday night at UIS. Take Back the Night protests rape and all forms of violence against women.
Similar events are held all over the country, particularly on college campuses.
"Whether we want to go have fun or go for a walk by ourselves in the park or go out at 3 a.m. and buy diapers for the baby, we're going to go out at night," Lynn Otterson of UIS said. "And so in Take Back the Night, we don't ask please to have the night back. We empower ourselves and take that power inside ourselves."
Some national statistics show one in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime. Take Back the Night includes survivor stories, music, and poetry, as well as the candlelight march.