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Take Back the Night rally and march returns April 8

Members of the University and greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti communities will come together April 8 for the 26th annual Take Back the Night rally and march against sexualized violence. The Ann Arbor Coalition Against Rape and the University Women Against Rape organized the event.

The rally will begin at 7 p.m. on the Diag and will feature drummers, singers and speakers, including Ann Arbor Mayor John Hiefjte and keynote speaker Cristy Cardinal, director of education and volunteer services for the Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House. After the rally, attendees will march through the streets of downtown Ann Arbor with their voices raised in an act of solidarity to protest sexual victimization in all of its forms.

The first Take Back the Night rally in 1978 was organized as a protest against rape, sexual violence against women and pornography. Since then, women in Ann Arbor and throughout the country have taken to the streets to protest sexual assault on women.

An estimated 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience a sexual assault during their lifetime. Almost 70 percent of sexual assaults are committed by an acquaintance, friend, relative or intimate partner.

Child care will be available at the event and an American Sign Language interpreter will be present for the rally. Organizers will provide a bus for people who do not want to or are unable to walk the entire march route.

For more information, e-mail tbtn2005-info@umich.edu or call (734) 255-0690.

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