Take Back the Night

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Take Back the Night is a global event in which people (often students) assemble to rally against sexual violence, raise awareness of sexual violence, and most importantly, support survivors of sexual violence. Take Back the Night has a storied history dating back to the 1970's, when marches were held in response to a series of violent crimes against women, including the murder of Susan Alexander Speeth, a young microbiologist from Philadelphia, who was stabbed to death while walking home alone. Since then, Take Back the Night events have focused specifically on sexual violence and are held annually all over the world.

Studies continue to show that undergraduate students are, by far, at the highest risk of sexual assault. This alarming fact has made Take Back the Night events a staple on college campuses and communities. Students, faculty, staff, and community members get together at these events with the purpose of uniting to make their campus and communities a safe place for all. Keep an eye out in early 2018 for information on next year's Take Back the Night.  For more information, feel free to contact us at vipcenter@uky.edu.