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RU, Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling partner for Take Back the Night

04/20/2017 4:58 pm

Writing on a window at the Howard Colman Library reads, “RU took the pledge to end domestic violence,” highlighting a past initiative on Rockford University’s campus.

Rockford University and Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling will partner Thursday, April 27 to host a Take Back the Night walk in Rockford—encouraging the community to speak up when they see or know something, speak out against all acts of violence and stand with survivors.

The walk, suitable for all ages and abilities, is a culmination of programming on RU’s campus throughout April in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Participants will travel down the Rock River Recreation Path from Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford, with check-in from 5 to 6 p.m. and the walk starting at 6:30 p.m.

The event also will include speakers, readings of survivor stories, giveaways and more. Several local and regional service organizations from Illinois and Wisconsin will be present to share resources and information with attendees.

All participants in the walk will be asked to sign liability waivers. If rain forces a move indoors, activities will be held at Regents Hall in Rockford University’s Burpee Student Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford.

Rockford is among 600 campuses and communities in 30 countries to host a walk or event for Take Back the Night, a charitable organization that aims to end domestic and sexual violence. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Samantha “Sam” Thomas at SamThomasRSAC@yahoo.com.

For more information about Rockford’s Take Back the Night walk, contact LaShun McGee, compliance and Title IX coordinator at Rockford University, at 815-226-2842 or LMcGhee@rockford.edu.