Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

The Crescent City Takes Back the Night: UNO Joins March to Stop Sexual Violence

Take a Stand! Help Women, Raise Awareness of and Fight Against Sexual Violence

The UNO Jazz All-Stars will perform a two-hour concert from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, at the UNO amphitheater.

Students and supporters from Tulane, Loyola, Dillard, Xavier and UNO will gather from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dillard University Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28, for readings and discussion under an event called "The Spoken Word."

Students and supporters from around the city will gather at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 for a March on Violence that begins at the horseshoe at Loyola University on St. Charles Avenue.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Amy A. King, Director, Student Accountability, Advocacy and Disability Services.

The University of New Orleans helps the Crescent City this month to kick off a citywide effort to raise awareness of sexual violence.

"It's up to all of us to put an end to sexual assault," said UNO Director of Student Accountability, Advocacy and Disability Services Amy King. "It starts with you. Because one is too many."

The Crescent City Takes Back the Night campaign centers around an aim to protect women from becoming victims of sexual violence. Alarming statistics show that between 20 and 25 percent of college-aged women will experience attempted or completed rape during their college years and the campaign is calling on people of all ages to help support the effort to raise awareness, King said. The event, which has the slogan "SHATTER THE SILENCE. STOP THE VIOLENCE." is designed to support and protect victims everywhere, by taking a strong, public stand against sexual violence.

The three-day event draws together students from the city's nine universities and begins with a celebration at the city's only urban research institution. The UNO Jazz All-Stars will perform a two-hour concert on Monday, Oct. 27, at the UNO amphitheater.

The following evening, students from Tulane, Loyola, Dillard, Xavier and UNO will gather from 6 to 9 p.m. at Dillard University Library for readings and discussion under an event called "The Spoken Word." 

On Wednesday, students and supporters from around the city will gather for a March on Violence that begins at the horseshoe at Loyola University on St. Charles Avenue.

All events are free and open to the public.

UNO students and supporters will walk as a unified group, wearing UNO T-Shirts, or T-shirts representing a UNO student organization, said King. Those who plan to walk should check in at a special table reserved for UNO students and supporters.

For more information contact Amy A. King, Director, Student Accountability, Advocacy and Disability Services, University of New Orleans, University Center, Room 248, studentaffairs.uno.edu.

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