Take Back the Night Highlights Turn Off the Violence Week

Posted: October 2, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Sexual Assault Services has planned a variety of activities for the seventh annual Turn off the Violence Week, which begins today. The highlight of the week is the Take Back the Night Rally and March on Tuesday. The rally focuses on sexual harassment, rape, other forms of sexual assault, and domestic violence. Its purpose is to encourage the women at George Mason to feel safe at night.

The featured speaker will be Jolette Salonga, a former George Mason lacrosse player and teammate of Aimee Willard, who was murdered in her hometown of Philadelphia in 1996. Salonga will speak during the rally on the impact that Willard’s tragedy had on her life and how she has dealt with her grief. Other speakers include Loretta Kane, vice president of action for the National Organization for Women in Washington, D.C., Bennett Smith, and Steven Burkarth of the George Mason Student Senate, who will unveil a new “safer campus” initiative.

The rally begins at the Johnson Center North Plaza with an acoustic guitar performance at 6:30 p.m. by Gina Young, followed by Salonga’s remarks and a march around campus at 7:30 p.m. A reception in the Women’s Center follows the march. The event is free and open to the public.

For a complete list of events, contact Connie Kirkland at x34364.

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