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Survivors Unite and Take Back the Night Media Advisory

4/13/2018 10:21:09 AM

The recent me-too movement has played a fundamental role in calling for change. Albany County's Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center is sponsoring its 37th annual "Take Back the Night," a rally and march designed to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault, on Thursday, April 19 at the Washington Park Lake House. A pre-rally community gathering will begin at 5:00 p.m. with various events and information tables from several local agencies. The rally will be followed by a survivor speak out, march, and candle light vigil.

"Take Back the Night" is a national campaign designed to recognize the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The rally also provides support and a movement for change within a community. The event began in the early 1970s with marchers throughout the country as a response to public silence regarding sexual violence. Now more than ever, people are rising up to break the silence and hold individuals accountable for their actions.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month as declared by the National Coalition against Sexual Assault (NCASA). The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center provides free advocacy services for victims of violent crime in Albany County. 

For more information on "Take Back the Night" contact the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center at (518) 447-7100. The 24 hour sexual assault hotline is (518) 447-7716.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy