As the culmination of the month, the ninth annual Northwest Arkansas Take Back the Night March will be held on Friday, April 15. Gathering will begin at the Arvest Plaza on the Fayetteville Square with opening remarks at 7 p.m. by Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, who will read a proclamation. Participants will march to the University of Arkansas via East Avenue, Dickson Street, and up through the lawn of Old Main to the re-gathering place in the courtyard between the Arkansas Union and Mullins Library. At the re-gathering, a candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of and honoring the survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Additionally, inspirational words and songs along with a speak-out will occur to allow all to have a voice as the participants unify against violence against women. The Fourth Flag Project will remain on display that evening for participants to view after the march.
This year marks the sixth annual Dress Down to Raise Awareness Day to be held on Friday, April 15. As a way for area businesses and organizations to raise awareness within the workplace, participants of this event pay $10 and receive a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt to wear with their jeans to work for the day while making a "fashion statement."
A documentary film titled Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Video will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Giffels Auditorium of Old Main. Following the updated, abridged version of Sut Jhally's classic documentary, a forum will be held. This event is co-sponsored with the Associated Student Government.
Fall 2011 enrollment statistics indicate that 10,397 women are enrolled at the University of Arkansas. Nationally, 1 in 4 college women are sexually assaulted. This powerful display will have 2,599 small flags on exhibit and representing every fourth female student on campus. The flags boldly state, "1 in 4 no more."
Survivors of sexual assault will share their stories as an inspiration that there is life after rape and to dispel myths associated with victim-blaming. The Sexual Assault Recovery and Prevention Agency is cosponsoring the presentation.
The program will include presentations and workshops by staff, faculty, and students, as well as local experts for the campus community. A former student will tell her story of moving from a victim to a survivor of sexual assault to demonstrate the reality of this issue, which statistically affects approximately one in four college-age women.
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