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April 18, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - KU's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and Women's Center will host its annual Take Back the Night event on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Plaza, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

This event gives students, faculty, staff and members of the community a chance to speak out and share to share their stories on this one powerful night. FMLA encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the survivors with performances and poetry. A candlelight vigil will follow the "speak out." The event continues with a march around campus, ending in the Old Main Lobby, where refreshments will be served.

The first Take Back the Night movement occurred in Philadelphia in 1975 and has continued throughout the world as a way for people to take a stand against sexual violence and speak out against these horrible crimes. Kutztown University has empowered survivors of abuse by hosting Take Back the Night for more than 15 years.

Persons who have completed HEART training will receive their certificates during this event. HEART at KU operates with operates with Berks Women and Crisis (BWIC) to increase awareness and provide support to victims of sexual assault or relationship violence. The trained, certified advocates offer support during the initial interview by campus law enforcement; accompany victims at the hospital; and inform about additional resources and services at the request of the victim.

For more information contact the Women's Center at 610-683-4655 or

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