Take Back The Night rally to raise awareness of sexual, domestic violence


Marshall’s Women’s Studies Student Association and Women’s Center will join CONTACT of Huntington and Branches in a rally at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, on the Memorial Student Center Plaza to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence.

The rally will be accompanied by several other events, said Dr. Dawn Howerton, assistant professor of psychology. Here is a list of the events:

Tuesday, Oct. 6: A poster-making party will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the First-Year South residence hall lobby in preparation for the Take Back the Night Rally. The Marshall University Women’s Studies Student Association will also lead a consent workshop.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: During the day (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), the following groups will have tables set up in the Memorial Student Center lobby: Branches (domestic violence shelter), CONTACT (rape-crisis center), Marshall University Counseling Center, Psychology Department Clinic, Student Health, Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, and Women’s Studies Student Association.

Evening activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 10 p.m. The local band “The Disappearing Man” will start things off in the Memorial Student Center lobby. Then, members of the Huntington and Marshall communities will share readings and stories of domestic and sexual violence and survival. Following the scheduled readings, there will be an open invitation for anyone present to share his or her own story.

“After the readings, everyone will grab a sign and join the Take Back the Night Rally march across campus,” Howerton said. “A leader will shout chants for everyone to repeat as we spread awareness to the Marshall community.”

The rally will finish up back on the Memorial Student Center plaza for a candlelight vigil, where there will be another opportunity for anyone who wants to share his or her story in a smaller setting.