U-M, EMU to 'Take Back the Night' with rallies against sexual assault
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The rally will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Diag, followed by the march through the U-M campus and the streets of Ann Arbor.
Marchers traditionally carry signs and banners that dispel sexual assault and proclaim criminals don't own the night.
This year marks 34 years of survivors, students and community members uniting to help spread awareness of sexual violence, according to a news release. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Several speakers and performances are scheduled for the rally. The keynote speaker will be Marygrove College professor of social work Kalimah Johnson, founder of the Sexual Assault Services for Holistic Healing and Awareness Center in Detroit.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Allyson Martinek from the 96.3 WDVD talk show, "Blaine and Allyson in the Morning." There also will be a dance performance by the U-M dance group Cadence and a musical performance by I-Khonz, a metro-Detroit based band.
Eastern Michigan University's Women's Resource Center also is hosting its 12th annual "Take Back the Night" rally and march on Monday.
The rally scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom, and the march will begin immediately after.
"Taking part in the 'Take Back the Night' march/rally is an opportunity for the community to help victims of sexual assault shatter the silence, find their voice and let it be heard," stated a news release. "The WRC encourages the entire community to come out and help raise awareness about the dangers of sexual assault."