“Take Back the Night” is an annual event held to empower and support domestic and sexual-violence survivors, organized through the Women’s Resource Center and sponsored by Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment.
The fraternity Sigma Tau Gamma will perform a step routine at the event, a dance performance common among fraternities.
Attendees will march through campus and Stevens Point. Loren DeLonay, Women’s Resource Center’s promotions coordinator, said attendees will chant and hold candles during the march.
“The march is aimed to support women that have been attacked and raise awareness for women who have been sexually assaulted,” DeLonay said.
According to DeLonay, the event gives survivors the opportunity to find support they may not have otherwise.
Bri O’Dell, Women’s Resource Center’s resource coordinator, recalled last year’s march as her favorite part of the event.
“I think the biggest take away that people can get from it is the sense of unity and that we are all in this together,” O’Dell said. “Even though not everyone is a victim, most women in their lives have experienced harassment or know someone who has.”
Sigma Tau Gamma has performed at the event for three years. Peajche Howard, Sigma Tau Gamma’s president, will perform in the step performance. Howard has been stepping since he was seven years old.
“I love the atmosphere at the event and being able to give back to the community,” Howard said. “We need to start promoting a culture here that gives back, and coming to this event is an easy way for students to give back.”
The event will take place outside on Apr. 30 in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s sundial.