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CONTACT: LAURGIE HAAG
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486
e-mail:laurie-haag@uiowa.edu

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 Women’s 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 Women’s 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.