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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 4, 2012

Northwest to host Take Back the Night to combat violent crimes

The Maryville community is invited to take a stand against violence as Northwest Missouri State University’s Coalition Against Violence organization hosts the second annual Take Back the Night at Northwest.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 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 residents.

Take Back the Night continues with a march around the Northwest campus to protest violence, hate and other bias-motivated crimes. The event concludes with a gathering for refreshments at the J.W. Jones Student Union.

“Take Back the Night is such a powerful way to let our community and our world know that we will not stand for violence of any kind,” said Katelyn Stoewsand, co-president of the Coalition Against Violence. “It is so important that we work to prevent violence and to empower survivors, and Take Back the Night does just that. If you participate in this event, you are truly making a significant impact in the lives of many people. This is a great way to give back to your community and make a difference.”

The Take Back the Night Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded on a movement that began in 1975 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 or about joining Coalition Against Violence, contact Katelyn Stoewsand at

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