CONTACT: LAURGIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 26, 1999
Take Back the Night march, rally to be April 28
IOWA CITY, Iowa With the murders
of two women in Iowa City in the past month still in the headlines, Iowa City
area community groups are working together to "Take Back the Night" for women.
A "Take Back the Night" march and rally will be held in College Green Park
in Iowa City Wednesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
The march route will include a memorial at the apartment building on S. Van
Buren St. where the bodies of two murdered women were discovered in March.
The rally will also feature speakers and music and offer participants an opportunity
to talk about their own experiences with sexual assault and their concerns
about violence against women.
For more information about "Take Back the Night," call the University of
Iowa Womens Resource and Action Center at (319) 335-1486 or the Rape
Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) at (319) 335-6001. April is Sexual Assault
Awareness Month, and organizers of the march and rally are calling for a community
response to violence against women.
A discussion for men to talk about their roles in stopping violence against
women will be at 4:30 p.m. before the rally in the Iowa Memorial Union River
Room 1. Women will have an opportunity to talk privately about issues in a
safe space after the march and rally.
"Take Back the Night" is planned and sponsored by the following: Iowa Women
Initiating Social Change; UI Womens Center; RVAP; Domestic Violence
Intervention Program; Safewalk; Delta Delta Delta; Neighborhood Centers of
Johnson County; Emma Goldman Clinic; Iowa Womens Foundation; Old Capital Screen
Printing; and the UI School of Social Work.
"Take Back the Night" rallies are a tradition that began in 1976 in Belgium,
when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women marched
together in solidarity to protest the ways in which violence permeates the
lives of women all over the world.