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UNI hosts Take Back the Night to increase awareness of sexual assault

April 17, 2014

Catherine MacGillivray, director, women's and gender studies program, 319-273-7195,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Take Back the Night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, in Seerley Hall, Room 115, to increase awareness of sexual assault.

The event will begin with a panel discussion featuring Harry Brod, professor of sociology, anthropology and criminology, and Joan Thompson, sexual assault advocate and health educator. The panel will discuss sexual violence and ways to end it. Two sexual assault survivors will also be present to talk about their experiences.

Following the discussion, there will be a short sign-making session and a march from Seerley Hall to the Campanile.

"Take Back the Night is an important program to host because it helps raise awareness of the ways that sexual assault affects women on our own campus," said Susan Johnson, a student intern in the Women's and Gender Studies Program. "Hearing stories from sexual assault survivors and seeing UNI students march across campus really helps others realize that sexual assault is a problem that affects our own community, but we can do something to change it."

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Feminist Action League, Wellness and Recreation Services and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. For more information, contact Catherine MacGillivray, director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-7195 or