Take Back the Night Walk part of expanded Sexual Assault Awareness Month events


Take Back the Night Walk will take place along N. Main St. in St. Charles to raise awareness of sexual assault.
Photo by Jake Baumgartner

MATT HAMPTON | Sports Editor

Update: Due to the weather, the Take Back the Night Walk is moved to the Evans Multipurpose Court as a rally.

For the second annual Take Back the Night Walk, participants will walk along North Main Street on Thursday night.

Campus Organization Against Sexual Assault President Haley Holman said the event highlights that college-aged people are most likely to experience sexual assault, and the walk demonstrates that “we will not tolerate sexual assault.”

The event is sponsored by COASA and Lindenwood Greek Life, Holman said.

Last year, the Take Back the Night Walk was part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, but this April, COASA sponsored an expanded list of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  

Marchers will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Boat House parking lot behind Trailhead Brewing Co. to prepare for the walk.  At 7 p.m., they will walk almost a mile to the Foundry Art Centre.

Holman said this walk has something not featured in last year’s event:  after it concludes, they will go to a resource fair in Frontier Park featuring at least 7 local organizations, including Safe Connections, Birthright, and Pride St. Charles.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., an interactive workshop run by Safe Connections aimed to create understanding of tough questions faced by domestic violence victims by placing them “In Their Shoes.”

“It shows how no matter what decisions you make, you can find yourself in some really hard situations, even if you think you’re doing the right thing,” Holman said.   

Next week, a donation drive will collect baby care items for families in need.

Holman and COASA Vice President Jessie Basler were interviewed on Fox 2 Thursday morning about Take Back the Night Walk, and the interview can be viewed by clicking on the above link.