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April 25-26: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Events

"Take Back the Night" event is April 25, and a "Denim Day" photo opportunity is April 26.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-19-2017

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Violence and Awareness Response Program invites the public to participate in two upcoming free events intended to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The first event, “Take Back the Night,” is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in the Civic Center Plaza, the small park outside of the Verizon Wireless Center and Hilton Garden Inn in Mankato. The “Take Back the Night” event will include a rally, a march, a speak-out, a vigil and ultimately a call to end sexual violence against women, girls and all others affected. Organizers intend for the event to raise awareness and break the silence and secrecy surrounding sexual violence.

The second event is a “Denim Day” photo opportunity at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. Those who would like to participate should meet at 12 p.m. in front of Minnesota State Mankato’s Centennial Student Union Ballroom for a group photo.

Denim Day is an annual day in April on which participants wear jeans as a visible means of protest against rape myths and blaming victims in sexual assault cases. According to the website,, the event began in 1999 in Los Angeles in response to a verdict in Italy that overturned a rape conviction.

For more information about either event, please contact Laura Schultz, assistant director of the Violence and Awareness Response Program (part of the Women’s Center at Minnesota State Mankato), by phone at 507-389-5127 or by email at

The Violence Awareness and Response Program provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with Minnesota State Mankato. The Violence Awareness and Response Program’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effects of sexual violence.

The mission of the Women’s Center is to foster a healthy, safe, and engaging campus community by enabling the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Minnesota State Mankato. The Women’s Center provides programs, connections, advocacy, services and leadership opportunities for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

The Women’s Center is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s Division of Institutional Diversity.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,110 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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