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About 30 Mount students and staff marched to end violence around the College's downtown Doheny Campus as part of the international Take Back the Night movement held on Feb. 15.

Mount Students March Against Violence

March 4, 2011 -- More than 30 Mount students and staff united for an evening march on Feb. 15 to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women. The annual march was organized as part of an international Take Back The Night movement that seeks to end violence against women and supports survivors of violence. The peaceful demonstration took place in the neighborhood near the Doheny Campus.

“Many women feel like they have to take precautions to protect themselves at night,” said event organizer Kimberly Terrill, assistant director of Career Services and Community Engagement at the College. “The march is a way for them to take back the night and feel safe in their community.”

The event started off with a gathering at the corner of Figueroa and Adams Boulevards, where participants joined in a prayer and song before heading toward a nearby neighborhood. The demonstrators walked the streets while chanting and holding candles to illuminate the march. Following the march, the group assembled at Mercy Chapel to hear testimonies from survivors.

“We created a safe place for people to share their stories and start the healing process,” said Terrill. “This can empower women to take control of their own lives and safety.”

The first Take Back The Night event was held in Philadelphia in 1975, and the march spread abroad to Brussels, Belgium the following year. Each year since then, thousands of people in countries around the world have participated in Take Back The Night marches.

The Mount’s Take Back The Night event was sponsored by the Doheny Associated Student Body, Campus Ministry, Chalon and Doheny Counseling and Psychological Services, and a grant from the Department of Justice.

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