‘Take Back the Night’ march tonight
During April, Oregon State University will host events — ranging from an art show to a 5K run — aimed at educating the public on sexual assault prevention and support for those who’ve survived such attacks.
“We have a diverse range of events so folks can choose which event they most connect to,” said Carrie Giese, OSU’s sexual violence prevention and education coordinator. It is the sixth April that OSU has hosted events to help prevent sexual violence. “Everyone is welcome to all of the events.”
The activities begin today with the annual Take Back the Night march, which is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., starting in the Memorial Union Quad. The event includes an address by Mamta Accapadi, the OSU dean of student life.
A worldwide event that began in 1978, the combination march and candlelight vigil acts as a protest against sexual violence and stalking and is open to all community members.
This year’s events also include the first Move Toward Hope 5K Fun Run/Walk, which is co-sponsored with OSU’s Army ROTC unit and is scheduled for April 18 in the MU Quad.
The month’s activities conclude with the Expressions of Strength Art Show and open mic event, scheduled for April 26 in Room 211 in the Memorial Union. Artwork or descriptions of artwork are being collected by organizers until April 22. A full list of events is available at http://studenthealth.oregonstate.edu/saam