UMD Takes Back The Night
Public Forum To Unite Efforts For Those Impacted By Violence
DULUTH, Minn- Wednesday, the campus of UMD vowed to ‘Take Back the Night.’
It’s an event held every year where students and faculty gather to show their support for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Take Back the Night is a public forum to unite efforts to provide the space for individuals who have been impacted by violence to heal. It is a call to empower those who have been victimized and to encourage our campuses and greater Duluth community to take a stand in creating a new cultural narrative.
“Taking back our safety, our piece of mind, our ability to live life in peace,” Sara Minder a sponsor of the event.
Nonprofits like PAVSA were on hand to give out information on how to come forward if you have been abused and need a safe place to talk.
“Whenever someone comes to talk to us it doesn’t leave that room. That’s up to them how they want to access those services. We have a 24/7 crisis line. We have hospital advocacy. People can come talk to us in person, through email. Whatever they’re comfortable with,” said Anna Spielnann, Outreach Advocate for PAVSA.
The event included a march through campus and down Woodland Avenue where many lined the streets to show their support.