Sophomore Jess McPherson looks around at the event. Before the march, various campus organizations table to provide resources for victims.
A diverse crowd gathers in Dunn Meadow for the event, attendees include students and non-students alike. some people even traveling from out of town to march.
FSA leader Corinne Levy observes matching shirts with an attendee. FSA strives to make the event an inclusive environment for all people.
A sign at the even promotes girl power. The FSA wants the event to be an environment not only of healing, but of empowerment.
Attendees write letters to politicians in protest of Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX rollbacks. Title IX dictates Universities’ responsibilities for handling sexual assaults on campus.
Feminist Student Association leader Lauren Rothstein introduces speakers for the event. FSA puts on a Take Back the Night event every year, and it is one of their most popular events.
Sophomore Vishva Maniar and friends listen to speakers at the event. Speakers read poetry, sang, and provided resources for survivors.
A Take Back the Night attendee shows off her feminist apparel. Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence.
Marchers carry a “Take Back the Night” banner down Kirkwood. The first Take Back the Night march was held in 1976, and hundreds are held globally each year.
The march down Kirkwood begins at sundown. As they silently marched down Kirkwood, expletives were shouted at them by some cars passing by and by people outside the busy bars on the street.
25% of women and 7.6% of men report being victims of intimate partner violence at some point in their lives.
Founded in 1976, Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship, and domestic violence in all forms. The Indiana University Feminist Student Association puts on a campus Take Back the Night event every year, in hopes that someday students will not have to worry about sexual assault or domestic violence, and that victims will be able to get justice.