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15th Annual Take Back the Night Rally to be Held April 7, 2011

Media Contact:
Anne Ealick Henry,
Program Director
Rape Crisis and Sexual
Assault Services
University Hospital
aealickhenry@uh.org
(706) 724-5200

15TH ANNUAL TAKE BACK THE NIGHT RALLY

AUGUSTA (APRIL 6, 2011) – Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services at University Hospital, Augusta State University and Paine College will present the 15th annual Take Back the Night Rally on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn adjacent to the Maxwell Performing Arts Center at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way.

Take Back the Night was created to help survivors know that they are not alone, to speak out against sexual violence and raise community awareness. The rally also offers an opportunity for the community to state it will not tolerate these crimes or let them go silently into the night.

Sexual assault is a breach of trust and safety that occurs anytime a person is forced, coerced and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. As the most underreported of all crimes, it is more widespread than most people recognize. One out of six American women and one out of 33 men have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetimes. Forty-four percent of victims are younger than 18. The more people understand how common the problem really is, the easier it is to talk about, allowing victims to heal and helping to prevent sexual assault by raising awareness. Rape and sexual abuse are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion.

Survivors of violence, supporters of survivors, and any community advocates wishing to eliminate sexual violence from our communities are invited to attend the event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., with community information and special activities from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Special exhibits include The Clothesline Project, Jeans for Justice and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, all on display the entire week of April 18-22, 2011. The rally begins at 7:30 p.m., with testimonials and guest speakers including community leaders Dr. William A. Bloodworth, President of Augusta State University; Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright; Dr. Todd Powell-Williams, Associate Professor of Augusta State University; and Mrs. Anne Ealick Henry, Director of Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, as well as survivors of sexual assault who will share their story of hope and healing. The evening will conclude with a campus candlelight march to “Take Back the Night.”

The Clothesline Project captures the numerous untold stories of children, women and men who have been victims of violence and abuse. This visual display of T-shirts includes messages and illustrations designed by survivors of violence or friends and families of victims, with each representing a survivor of sexual violence in the Augusta area. To walk through this display of T-shirts is to walk through the private moments of another's suffering and healing: a shirt depicting a woman raped by her husband, or a child's T-shirt that asks the simple question "Why?"

Jeans for Justice is a display used to examine beliefs and ideas around how judicial systems and society address the causes of sexual assault.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes provides a symbolic display calling attention to the problem of sexual assault in our communities. Created in 2001, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes was established as a fun opportunity for men to education the community about sexual assault. The public is invited to contribute pairs of shoes to help represent the frequency of the crime of sexual assaults. Augusta State University Students Activities will sponsor A Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Race on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. on the sidewalk between the sports field and amphitheatre.

The T-shirts, jeans and shoes will be displayed beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 18, 2011 along the lawn adjacent to Maxwell Performing Arts Center near the entrance of the Augusta State University campus.

To continue to raise awareness of sexual assault during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, additional events will be held at Paine College and Augusta State University. The full schedule of the event surrounding Take Back the Night is as follows:

United4Safety presents: Sexual Assault from a LGBTQQI Perspective
Augusta State University, JSAC Coffeehouse
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, noon

Pinwheels for Prevention by Panhellenic
Fundraiser for Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
Augusta State University, JSAC Breezeway
Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“Rape is…” Film Screening and Discussion
Paine College, Peters Campus Center, CHOICES Room
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 7 p.m.

The Clothesline Project T-shirt & Postcard Making Event
Augusta State University, University Village Pool Area
Thursday, April 14, 2011, 5-7 p.m.

2nd Annual Take Back the Day, Walk to End Sexual Violence
Saturday, April 16, 2011 (Photo Opportunity)
Augusta State University Amphitheatre, Registration begins at 8 a.m. After a brief kick-off ceremony the three-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m. from the Augusta State University Amphitheatre, continue through the campuses of Paine College and the Georgia Health Sciences University and end in front of University Hospital located at 1350 Walton Way. The Walk will benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services. Registration Fees: Students $5, Individuals $10 and Families are $15.

Moe’s Fundraiser for Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
2805-C Washington Road. At Washington Walk
Saturday, April 16, 2010, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Present fundraiser flyer for a portion of your sale to benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services

Visual Displays: The Clothesline Project, Jeans for Justice, and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be set up
(Photo and Interview Opportunity)
Augusta State University, Maxwell PAT lawn
Monday, April 18, 2011, 9 a.m.

Self Defense Education and Skills
Augusta State University, JSAC Coffeehouse
Monday, April 18, 2011, noon-1:30 p.m.

Alcohol Awareness Forum
Paine College, Peters Campus Center, CHOICES Room
Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7 p.m.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Race, Sponsored by Student Activities
Augusta State University, Sidewalk between sports field and amphitheatre
Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 11 a.m.

Take Back the Night Rally and Candle Lighting and Campus March
(Photo and Interview Opportunity)
Augusta State University, Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre lawn
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Community Information and Special Activities (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Clothesline Project Handprint Table Pledge Form Table T-shirt/Postcard Table Jeans for Justice Peace Crane Table

Take Back the Night Rally and Candlelight Campus March (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Young Professionals of Augusta
Charity Wine Tasting and Cupcakes from Neapolitan at Vineyard
4414 Evans to Locks Road
The cost is $10 and open to members and their guests
Proceeds to benefit Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 6-8 p.m.

Self Defense Training
Paine College, Peters Campus Center, CHOICES Room
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 7 p.m.

For more information on Take Back the Night and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please contact Anne Ealick Henry at Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, University Hospital at (706) 724-5200 or Shannon Nix at Augusta State University at (706) 737-1471.

About Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services
Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services, under the auspices of University Hospital, is a United Way of the CSRA, Georgia Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health and Criminal Justice Coordinating Council supported community program that provides help for survivors of sexual assault regardless of how long ago it happened or whether it was reported. Services include:

  • 24-hour crisis line with staff or trained volunteers available seven days a week
  • Advocacy and crisis intervention for the survivor at the hospital, police department or court
  • Therapy and Support groups
  • Children’s prevention programs
  • Sexual Assault prevention programs for all ages
  • Community Education
  • Training for Professionals
  • Promotion of Survivor’s Rights

Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Services offers volunteer advocate training six times per year for people interested in being advocates for victims of rape or sexual assault. Participants will learn about the legal and emotional aspects of this crime. For more information on training please contact Dinah Gunn at (706) 774-2746.

About Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April brings an annual opportunity to focus awareness on sexual violence and its prevention. It is also an opportunity to highlight the efforts of individuals and agencies that provide rape crisis intervention and prevention services while offering support to sexual assault survivors, victims and their families. SAAM raises awareness of sexual violence and its prevention through special events while highlighting sexual violence as a major public health issue and reinforces the need for primary prevention efforts.

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