"Take Back the Night" rally, march and vigil set for April 8

This year's "Take Back the Night" rally, march and candlelight vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, outside Tennessee Tech University's Roaden University Center.

A worldwide community action initiative to end domestic and sexual violence and abuse, "Take Back the Night" provides an organized platform for communities to proclaim their refusal to tolerate continued violence and abuse and promotes healing for survivors.

The keynote speaker of this year's "Take Back the Night" is Robert E. Cooper Jr., Tennessee's Attorney General. Cooper's talk kicks off the event at 7:30 p.m. on the front steps of the RUC; participants will walk to TTU's Main Quad where the event will end with a candlelight vigil.

"The rally helps every participant focus on individual and collective efforts to oppose violence toward women and children," said Lori Maxwell, TTU political science associate professor.

Maxwell's politics science classes and Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, organized this event with the support of the Student Activities, TTU President's Commission on the Status of Women, TTU's Women's Center, Office of Affirmative Action, and the Dean of Students.

Learn more about the event and its history at TTU by visiting "TTU's Official Take Back the Night 2008" student group page on facebook.com or contact Maxwell at 372-3683.