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‘Take Back the Night’ march planned at Rockford College

Monday, March 22, 2010  
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For immediate release – 3/19/10
Contact: Jenifer Swanson, 815-298-5397; Kelly Olson, 815-394-5035

A march to bring awareness of sexual assault and other violence against women will be held April 8, starting at 5 p.m. at Rockford College.

The event, "Take Back the Night” is part of an international movement in which marches are held across the globe. Information and exhibits will open at 3:30 p.m. Anyone may participate by showing up at the Burpee Center Grace Roper Lounge prior to the 5 p.m. start time. The march will wind through campus and end where it started.

"Sexual assault and violence against women are known as ‘silent crimes’ because they are not always reported,” said Jenifer Swanson, one of the organizers of the event. "The more we talk about it, the more awareness we bring of the problem.”  

Along the route, marchers will stop at various points to hear speakers talk about women’s issues. The event will conclude with a candlelight remembrance in the Grace Roper Lounge to remember victims of sexual assault and violence.

Last year, the event drew more than 40 marchers. This year, organizers hope to bring in 60 participants.

For more information, call Jenifer Swanson, phone 815-298-5397; e-mail or Kelly Olson, 815-394-5035;   

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