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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 3, 2011

Campus organizations sponsoring event to protest violence

The Northwest Missouri State University community is invited to take a stand against violence as the University's Coalition Against Violence organization and Wellness Services sponsor the first "Take Back the Night" at Northwest.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Raymond J. Courter College Park Pavilion. The program will feature speakers sharing their experiences with sexual and domestic violence. Additionally, representatives of various campus and community organizations will be on hand to discuss the resources available to students.

"Take Back the Night" will continue at 7:40 p.m. with a march around the Northwest campus to protest violence, hate or other bias-motivated crimes. The event will conclude with a gathering at 8 p.m. in the J.W. Jones Student Union Living Room.

"Unfortunately, violence is a reality on our campus and in our community," said Jennifer Kennymore, health educator in Wellness Services. "Take Back the Night is a chance for us to unite and say that we will not stand for violence of any kind on our campus or in the community. Together we can make a difference and break the silence about violence." 

The Take Back the Night Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded on a movement that began in the 1970s to combat sexual violence and abuse on campuses and in communities around the world. "Take Back the Night" aims to empower survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility with a goal to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

The foundation reports that one out of every three women in the United States will be beaten or abused. Nationwide, 32 percent of students report dating violence by a previous partner, and 21 percent report violence by a current partner. For more information about the Take Back the Night Foundation go to

For information about Northwest's "Take Back the Night," contact Kennymore at 660.562.1348 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468