Posted: September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


The UTC Women’s Center and Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults present Chattanooga’s Take Back the Night, an event to spread awareness on sexual assault and stop sexual violence. On October 23, 2013, supporters will gather for a march, candlelight vigil, and presentation by sexual assault survivor, Katie Hnida.

Katie Hnida is the first woman to play and score in an NCAA Division I football game. A Colorado native, Katie grew up with a passion for sports, football especially, and pursued her dream of playing in college while at the University of Colorado and the University of New Mexico. While in college, Hnida was a victim of sexual assault and later became a professional speaker on the subject, helping to spread awareness on sexual violence and rape.

Tabling by student groups and community organizations in Heritage Plaza on UTC’s campus will be from 11-7 PM, followed by speaker Katie Hnida’s presentation. At 7:30 PM, a march through Fortwood District to take a stance on sexual assault and domestic violence will commence, followed by a candlelight vigil in the Oak Street Amphitheatre at 8 PM. This event is free and open for all to enjoy and partake.

In addition to this event, we are also working towards raising funds for Partnership’s Rape Crisis Center. Donations go towards benefiting victims of sexual assault by providing examinations and funding events necessary to spread awareness. Every rape kit costs nearly $2000, including lab fees and equipment necessary for the proper examination. Donations will also aid in forensic examinations. Please help victims reclaim their voices and take action in ending sexual violence through a donation today. We need your support!

Why Take Back the Night?

 A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she

hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination

become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves

on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life. This scene

could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Historically, women faced

the anxiety of walking alone at night and that is why Take Back the Night began.


Domestic Violence Facts:

•One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime

•An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year

•Females between the ages of 20-24 are the most likely victims of domestic violence

•Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner


Sexual Assault Facts:

•1 out of 6 American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape.)

•17.7 million American women have been victims of attempted or completed rape

•Victims of rape are 3 times more likely to suffer from depression.



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