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Take Back the Night at UW April 19

April 7, 2017

A Take Back the Night candlelight vigil is planned Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. on Prexy’s Pasture at the University of Wyoming in honor of Whitney French and all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Students in UW Professor Colleen Denney’s “Visual Culture of Gendered Activism” course, in conjunction with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the recognized student organization Voices of Courage, sponsor the event.

Since the 1970s, Take Back the Night marches and events have been organized globally in communities and on college campuses to reclaim the night as a safe space for women.

“More recently, Take Back the Night has become a safe, holding space for all communities, free from fear of sexual assault and domestic violence,” says Denney, a professor of gender and women’s studies.

Take Back the Night events have occurred at UW during the month of April, which is designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with the color of teal as the activist, aware color.

“We have decided to host a candlelight vigil, as an act of solidarity,” Denney says. “Bring cellphones and/or glow sticks to help us illuminate the space, but we also will have artificial candles.”


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