The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring a “Take Back the Night” rally for abuse victims, survivors and those who support them. The free event will take place Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village.
The rally will include speakers, information booths on community resources, an open mic for survivors who wish to share their stories and a candlelight vigil for victims.
Take Back the Night planner Hali Barber says this is about standing up against abuse of any kind and recent events serve as a reminder. "Andrea Kruger was shot on her way home from work, Melissa Rodriguez, who had an abusive ex-boyfriend, was found dead in an open grave, Louise Sollowin, a 93-year-old woman was raped and murdered in her own home.”
All cases rocked the community and are the types of stories Take Back the Night is trying to bring to an end for good. “It's important that we not shy away from these issues ‘cause they're ongoing, they keep happening."
While they're constant, Barber stresses violent crimes like these are not inevitable. “Calling something inevitable frees the perpetrator of responsibility and puts it on the shoulders of the victim.”
The Take Back the Night Foundation is a charity with the international initiative to end sexual violence through awareness events. Takebackthenight.org reports that one out of six women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape, one out of four has experienced domestic violence and about one-third of female homicides are perpetrated by an intimate partner.