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M28-A1: CWRU's FMLA Presents: Take Back the Night 2005
by Josh Mills / edit elle ross Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2005 at 4:47 PM

CWRU Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance presents this year's "Take Back the Night."

Although the origin of Take Back The Night (TBTN) is not clear, it has become an internationally recognized event with rich herstory, occurring worldwide since the 1970's. Here in the United States most people acknowledge that San Francisco held the first TBTN is November 1978. At this groundbreaking event over 5,000 people from over 30 states gathered to demonstrate. These early participants later returned to their own communities with plans to organize their own TBTN marches. Every April communities across the United States join together for Take Back The Night marches, rallies and speak-outs in an effort to end sexual assault in their cities and towns and give survivors a place to heal.

Case Western Reserve University's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) will be sponsoring this year's Take Back the Night. "TBTN is an annual event meant to unify women and women to raise awareness of violence against women. TBTN acts as a vehicle for reaffirmation of self and allowing survivors to come forth and rid themselves of hatred, shame, self-doubt and fear."

This year's events sponsored by FMLA include the following:

Monday, March 28
Take Back the Mic
Starts at 7 PM, Thwing Atrium

Take Back The Mic is an empowering display of visual and performance art by women. If you would like to participate in Take Back the Mic, e-mail

Tuesday, March 29
Sex Signals: Live on Stage
Starts at 7 PM, Ford Auditorium

Sex Signals provides a provocative look at the issues of dating, sex, and ultimately, date rape on college campuses. The show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes, and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes.

Co-sponsored with the Case Center for Women

Wednesday, March 30
Stepping Up, Speaking Out
Starts at 7:30 PM, Thwing Spartan Room

Stepping Up, Speaking Out is a workshop and respectful discussion.

Thursday, March 31
March, Vigil and Potluck
Starts at 7 PM, meet at Wade Commons for the March. Vigil begins at 8 PM, KSL Oval. Rainsite: Hovorka Atrium

The March and Vigil are held to provide survivors and loved ones of survivors a space to unite and share their stories, songs, and expressions in an effort to raise awareness and promote healing. Stay afterwards for the Potluck at Hovorka Atrium.

Friday, April 1
Clothesline Project
12:30 - 2:00 PM, Thwing Atrium

The Clothesline Project is a powerful visual display of t-shirts made by survivors and loved ones of survivors affected by sexual assault, rape, incest, child sexual abuse, hate crimes, and domestic violence. Read the Herstory of the project.

For more information about TBTN, e-mail

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