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Marchers chant as they walk through downtown Auburn during the annual Take Back The Night rally in 2018.

Take Back the Night, the annual rally and march in support of survivors of sexual and domestic violence, will take place Wednesday, April 10, at Cayuga Community College.

The rally begins at 5:15 p.m. at the college, 197 Franklin St., Auburn, and will be followed by the march at 5:30 p.m. Afterward, survivors and other speakers will give remarks.

The annual event is organized by the Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource of Cayuga Counseling Services, which provides services to survivors of sexual violence and their families. Those services include therapy, support and education groups, and advocacy.

The annual event stresses supporting survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and speaking out against it.

“By standing with survivors, we demonstrate our commitment to ending violence in our community and show survivors that we are here to support them,” said Sarah Barnard, director of victim services at Cayuga Counseling Services, in a news release.

The event has taken place in Auburn since 1987. In prior years, it took place at Memorial City Hall.

College professor and Coordinator of Wellness and Intervention Services Jerimy Blowers said that Cayuga students consistently support Take Back the Night and similar efforts. He noted that a SAVAR advocate keeps regular office hours on the campus.

“Our students are regular participants in Take Back the Night, and some of our college personnel are often asked to speak as part of the ceremony,” he said in the release. “However, the most important part of the itinerary are stories from survivors. For many, this is the first time that he or she has encountered the opportunity to speak openly about an experience. The results are very powerful for both the speaker and audience, with everyone in the audience meeting these narratives with support and respect.”

For more information about Take Back the Night or SAVAR, visit cayugacounseling.org/sexual-assault-victims-advocate-resource-savar.

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