On Sept. 19, the University of North Georgia will take a stand against sexual violence with its fourth annual Take Back the Night event.
According to the Regional Alliance for Information Networking, 1 in 6 American women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape, and according to One in Four, Inc., that statistic increases to 1 in 4 for collegiate women in America.
The first American Take Back the Night event was held in 1975, and it has since focused on eliminating all forms of sexual violence with events staged at thousands of universities, women's centers, and rape crisis centers across the country.
"This is such an important message to talk about with college students," said Sarah Williams, health educator for Student Health Services. "My hopes are that through Sexual Assault & Violence Education Week and Take Back the Night, students will become more aware of the risks and will learn ways to prevent these crimes from happening."
Each year, the UNG event has hosted speaker Kathy Nicholson, who shares her own story and journey as a victim.
Take Back the Night is hosted by Peer Health Educators with the assistance of Student Counseling, the Department of Public Safety, and Rape Response in Gainesville. The event will be held at 8 p.m. on the Gen. William J. Livsey Drill Field, or in the Nix Auditorium in the event of rain.