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Minot State to take a stand against violence

Minot State University’s annual Take Back the Night is set for Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

The event, which creates awareness of and provides information about violence, begins in the Beaver Dam with opening remarks. Participants then make their way outside for an awareness walk around campus down a luminary-lit path. Following the walk, everyone will make their way back to the Beaver Dam for speakers, entertainment, and free food.

“We’re urging the community to come out and support Take Back the Night. There’s always support in numbers, and I think that just speaks volumes,” Lisa Dooley, Title IX coordinator, said.

Take Back the Night is a national event that started in the 1970s to protest sexual violence. The event raises awareness of this issue, informs victims and others how to take action against it or get help, and brings everyone together in solidarity to support victims of sexual violence.

"Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to proclaim that each individual has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard,” Dooley said. “It is designed to bring all members of our community together to encourage dialogue about sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence."

Guest speaker Lea Ana Kelley, from the Minot Air Force Base, will tell her life story as a survivor of sexual violence. Lexi Wyman, country singer/songwriter from North Dakota, will perform.

There will also be a donation area set up for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Participants may donate cleaning supplies, toilet paper, diapers, and any other items on the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s wish list which can be found at courage4change.org.

Counselors will be available throughout the event for anyone in need. MSU’s Student Social Work Organization, housing office, and Title IX/Keep U Safe program, along with Minot’s Domestic Violence Crisis Center, sponsor the event.

For more information, contact Dooley at lisa.dooley@minotstateu.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

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