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Take Back the Night

Written by Christopher Herman

 Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Women's Center is hosting a week-long "Take Back the Night" series of events from April 16-27 to advocate against sexual and domestic violence and raise awareness on the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that perpetuate sexual violence against women.

 The first event, "Revolutionary Paint Cries," will be held from April 16-20. Eastern students will volunteer to help paint a giant rock near Hurley Hall. Students will have the opportunity to create expressions about gender issues and social justice.

 On April 17, Governor Dannel Malloy will join Eastern students and faculty while the Women's Center conducts a one-mile march to address issues of gender violence. The event begins at 11 a.m. in front of the Student Center. The event encourages all Eastern students to participate in the march to raise awareness about sexual violence and to gain insight into what women experience.

 On April 18, the Women's Center will present "Revolutionary Balladry" from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Center. "The Revolutionary Balladry" welcomes Eastern male students to speak on women issues.

 Eastern will also present "My Story, Your Story, Our Stories" on April 19 from 1-6 p.m. in Room 217 of the Student Center. Eastern students will express a story or their experiences of someone close to them.

 The final event of "Take Back the Night" will be held on April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, when students will discuss social issues such as rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

 For more information, contact Starsheemar Byrum at (860) 465-4313 or

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