Annual Rally Draws Attention to Sexual Violence


Michigan Takes Back the Night will look to raise awareness about sexual violence when it hosts its 39th annual Take Back the Night Ann Arbor rally and march on April 6, according to a press release. The rally, sporting the theme "Power of Words," will take place at 7 p.m. in the Rogel Ballroom of the Michigan Union, 530 South State St.

University of Michigan students and Ann Arbor community members will come together to celebrate survivors, create awareness, demand change and take a stand against violence.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) will provide the rally's opening address.

Other featured speakers include slam poets Traci Ayub and Vivan Trutzl, and performances from the RhythM Tap Ensemble, Leim Irish Dance and local singer Kailyn Alderman are set to take place, as well. Additionally, organizations such as SafeHouse and SAPAC will have representatives on hand providing information about their services.

Attendees will be able to visit with the organizations in the ballroom starting at 6:30 p.m. Following the rally, a march through the streets of Ann Arbor will commence, with attendees eventually returning to the Union for a candlelight vigil to close out the event. To learn more, visit http://www.tbtnannarbor.org.

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