Reclaiming the night
Take Back the Night, a walk to create awareness of and provide information about violence, will begin Thursday (Oct. 18) on the steps of Minot State University’s Old Main at 7 p.m. Participants will receive purple ribbon pins, which denotes domestic violence awareness. This event is aimed at rallying the community toward ending violence, and is sponsored by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and coordinated by the Student Social Work Organization.
"This year the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Minot asked SSWO to host the event. We are honored and privileged to be involved in this worthy social justice issue in our community," said Dionne Spooner, SSWO advisor.
During the walk around campus, SSWO members will carry electric candles, DVCC and SSWO banners and red figure cutouts to symbolize those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Participants will conclude their walk in the Student Center Atrium, where they will listen to speakers and enjoy refreshments.
Take Back the Night, a domestic violence awareness initiative, was born in San Francisco in 1978, when women advocates marched together in solidarity, holding candles, to protest rape and violence against women. It has grown into an international tradition with marches, programs, and rallies occurring around the world in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"Domestic violence is a prevalent, serious issue in our community," said Alicia Lopez, a SSWO member who co-organized the event. "This event is a great opportunity to reach out and band together as a community to make a statement about the need to ‘Take Back the Night’ and work towards ending fear and violence."