Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (April 12, 2005) - On April 21, 2005, students and community members will march on the campus of Cedar Crest College to protest injustices against women for Take Back the Night (TBTN). The event will include speakers from Turning Point and the Crime Victims Council, local agencies that aid and empower victims of crime and violence, personal accounts, music and a silent march. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

“We want to raise public awareness of the fact that violence against women encompasses much more than individual acts of physical brutality,” says Erica Tysoe ’07, who helped organize the Cedar Crest rally. “Women have historically been, and continue to be, victimized by domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, racism, homophobia, poverty, denial of reproductive freedom, and inadequate access to safe and affordable health care.”

TBTN, part of April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month, is an international rally and march that is organized in local communities with the purpose of unifying women, men, and children in an awareness of violence against women, children and families. The event is a collaboration of community and campus and other interested persons who are ready to take a stand against violence and make the night safe for everyone.

The students will also present a check to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley and the Crime Victims Council in support of the work that the organizations do. The donation was raised through campus and community fundraising efforts.

“The students have worked incredibly hard to make this rally informative and effective,” says Karolina Matynia, director of diversity programs at Cedar Crest College. “The silent march ‘speaks’ for itself, but through their fundraising and research efforts this event will directly aid victims and educate the public.”

Take Back the Night rallies and marches began in England as a protest against the fear that women encountered walking the streets at night. The first Take Back the Night in the United States occurred in San Francisco in 1978.

**Due to the emotional nature of the event, media that are interested in attending the rally are asked to contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790 to receive more information.



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