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KNOXVILLE — Students, faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who have been directly or indirectly affected by sexual assault or domestic violence will Take Back the Night at 6:30 p.m. today.

Take Back the Night is the campus’ annual sexual assault awareness event and features a march across campus, a display of local and campus resources, a speak-out session and a candlelight vigil.

The march begins at the Johnson-Ward Pedestrian Walkway at 6:30 p.m. and ends at the University Center Ballroom. There, the evening will continue with speakers and an invitation for participants to speak out about their own experiences with domestic violence. The event closes with a candlelight vigil.

Take Back the Night is an evening dedicated to raising awareness and educating both the Knoxville and UT communities about violence against women and sexual assault while creating a supportive environment for expression and empowerment. Campus resources, as well as those from the Knoxville community, will be available to provide assistance and information during the event.

Take Back the Night is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Women’s Coordinating Council, which presents programs on issues related to women including health, gender and sexuality, body image and leadership development.


Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304,

Kasey J. Robinson (865-974-5455,