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UMD to host annual Take Back the Night

An aerial view of the UMD campus. (2015 file / News Tribune)

Community members are invited to participate in the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Take Back the Night rally and march on Thursday to call for an end to sexual and domestic violence.

Take Back the Night, an event first held in Germany in 1973 in response to a series of sexual assaults and homicides, is a public forum to unite efforts to provide space for people who have been affected by power-based violence to heal, to empower those who have been victimized and to encourage campuses and the Duluth community to take a stand in creating a new cultural narrative, according to UMD.

The event begins with a pre-rally gathering and resource fair at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Kirby Ballroom. People will be able to learn about the resources for support in the community, ways to get involved, and campus and community engagement around the prevention and intervention of violence. Attendees can make signs for the march during the pre-rally gathering or bring their own. A workshop will also take place during the pre-rally to create T-shirts for UMD’s Clothesline project, where each shirt represents a victim of violence.

The Take Back the Night rally begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kirby Ballroom, followed by a march at 7 p.m. The march will begin at the Kirby Ballroom and travel on St. Marie Street and Woodland Avenue before returning through campus. After the march, attendees will be able to share their experiences during Speak Out in the Kirby Ballroom.

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