Take Back the Night holding annual rally, downtown Ann Arbor march April 7

ANN ARBOR – Members and supporters of the Tree Town chapter of Take Back the Night will take to the streets of Ann Arbor after its annual rally against sexual violence on April 7.

This year’s rally will be held in the University of Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, at 530 S. State St.

Attendees can mingle, listen to speakers and learn about local organizations like SafeHouse Center, Planned Parenthood, Center for Education of Women + and Roe v Rape.

Television producer Drew Dixon, who exposed sexual harassment in the music industry, is scheduled to present as the keynote speaker.

Rally participants will also see performances by vocalist Jayna Schmid, U-M percussion group Groove and student dance group New Movement.

Community members are welcome to attend the free event, which kicks off at 7 p.m. Doors to the ballroom will open at 6:30 p.m.

After the rally, event attendees will march around downtown AnnArbor to raise awareness. A candlelight vigil will be held in the ballroom after the march to show solidarity for victims of sexual violence.

Participants must wear masks while in the ballroom and follow other COVID-19 protocols set out by the University of Michigan.

A content advisory is in effect given the triggering nature of the event.

Those who cannot make the in-person event can attend virtually through a live stream on YouTube.

Students march at the 38th annual Take Back the Night Ann Arbor on April 6, 2016 (Photo: Ruby Wallah)

Now in its 44th year, TBTN Ann Arbor works with local student groups and organizations to spread awareness of sexual violence. Its collaborative events give survivors of violence a voice and offer support.

The Ann Arbor chapter is supported by nonprofit Standing Tough Against Rape Society and the University of Michigan’s University Students Against Rape.

For more information, visit www.tbtnannarbor.org/rally.

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