The 37th annual Take Back the Night program, an international movement designed to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Fresno State.

The event, held in the Free Speech Area, will begin with information tables at 5 p.m., followed by the formal program at 6 p.m. and a march through campus at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Know Your IX: Eliminate. Remedy. Prevent.” The event is hosted by Fresno State’s Women’s Alliance and Fresno State’s Gender Programs and Services, housed in the Cross Cultural and Gender Center.

Take Back the Night provides the public an opportunity to stand against violence and empower people to reclaim their communities. The keynote speaker will be Kelly Vrooman from the Take Back the Night national organization, who will speak about her experiences with interpersonal violence as well as Title IX. The event will feature speakers, a candlelight vigil and an open microphone opportunity. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Adams at the Cross Cultural and Gender Center at 559.278.4435.

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