July 27, 2010 12:00AM
Victims and survivors of domestic violence will be honored Wednesday night with a rally and candlelight vigil at Pittsburg State University.
The "Take Back the Night" march and rally will begin at 7 p.m. July 28 on the Oval. Sponsored by PSU Women's Studies, the event will feature keynote speaker Vicky Polen, a victims' advocate at the Crisis Resource Center in Pittsburg. Held all over the world, "Take Back the Night" events are so called because research points to more incidents of domestic violence happening at night rather than the day.
Typically held in the spring when more students are around, the rally originated as a class assignment focusing on activism for this summer's Women's Studies class. Elaine Pilkington, a lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, said that although past students have opted to focus on community service or fundraising, she supported the idea of a summer rally.
"My students really wanted to do this, so I thought, 'Why not?'" said Pilkington. "Awareness should be brought out more than once a year."
The free event, which is open to the public, will begin with a welcome by Pilkington followed by the message from Polen. Participants will then march on a route around the campus before heading back to the Oval for a candlelight vigil. Pilkington said the event should last about two hours.
"We've not done this at PSU for a while, so it will be nice to bring it back," she said. "It's about making a difference in a woman's life."