MU students to 'take back the night'

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 1:50 p.m. CDT; updated 2:35 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — At least 100 students plan to march through MU on Tuesday night to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.

“The march has been held for 30 years,"said Danica Pape, coordinator of the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center. "It’s such an important, visible and active way to raise awareness about rape."

The march is part of Take Back the Night, a national movement created to raise awareness about violence against women, and is a part of Rape Awareness Month.

The center, a comprehensive relationship and sexual violence education and resource service for MU students, hosts a series of events throughout the month to help raise awareness.

Events include a showing of the award-winning film “I’m a Survivor of Rape” followed by a discussion; the prevention center's Outreach Kick-Off Meeting; Green Dot Mizzou; Take Back the Night; and a speech by Mildred Muhammad about being a domestic violence survivor.

A Green Dot symbolizes a single moment in time when someone steps in to stop violence, talks about how violence won't be tolerated or supports victims of violence. The center said everyone can do something to help.

There will also be a private speak-out to give those affected by rape and sexual assault a chance to talk about their experiences.

In the U.S., one in six women and one in 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in his or her lifetime, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Also, college-age women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted.

To learn more about the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center, go to