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The Grassroots Movement Take Back The Night Is Coming To Downtown Phoenix On April 3 To Bring Light To Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence Issues

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

April 2, 2015 — The Trauma Healing Services department of La Frontera Arizona and EMPACT-SPC will be host a Take Back the Night event at the Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Take Back The Night is a global group that works to unite communities in order to speak out against domestic and sexual violence.

“According to the Department of Public Safety, every 22 minutes in Arizona, a person becomes a victim of a violent crime. So, we all know someone who has been victimized by child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, a hate crime, or even sex trafficking,” said Liesl Lang, chair of Take Back the Night 2015 and a clinical coordinator for the Trauma Healing Services Department of La Frontera Empact-SPC.

This is the 11th year for the Take Back the Night event in Phoenix and Lang expects it to be the biggest yet. The free event is intended to give a platform for victims of these crimes to be heard and for others to become educated.

Those attending the event are encouraged to express themselves at the event by designing posters or T-shirts that relate to their specific experience or messages of support they may hope to convey.

“We will have empowering speakers throughout the night sharing their stories, as well as over 40 agencies that will be tabling to provide information and outreach. We will also have an art exhibit of artwork made by survivors,” Lang said. “We’ll also have a live cover band, a photobooth to take fun selfies in, a yoga demonstration, and food trucks.”

Aside from the aforementioned programming for the event, there will also be a display of 20 statues that will be representing 20 of the victims who died in Arizona last year as a result of domestic violence.

Globally, Take Back The Night’s history spans over half a century. According to http://takebackthenight.org, in 1973, Take Back The Night protested pornography in San Francisco, and serial murders of women of color in Los Angeles. In October 1975, a march was held in Philadelphia, Pa., after the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death while walking home alone. “Take Back the Night” was used as the title of a 1977 memorial read by Anne Pride at an anti-violence rally in Pittsburgh.

There will also be a candlelight vigil and a rally led by the Phoenix Police Department.

For more information contact Liesl Lang at 480-784-1514 ext. 1159, by email at Liesl.Lang@LaFrontera-EMPACT.org or visit the event Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tbtnempactspc.

Ryan Scott is a contributor to Modern Times Magazine. He lives in Mesa.
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