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This year will be UWF’s 11th annual Take Back The Night (TBTN) event, scheduled for April 6th.   To get a quick glimpse of last year’s event, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehCpVHFz1_k
As part of TBTN, the third annual Commitment March will begin at Martin Hall at 5:30pm, will continue through campus gathering students at other resident halls and will end at the Cannon Lawn where we will have a Rape Aggression Defense Demonstration sponsored by the UWF PD. Following the march, will be a cookout and information fair in the Great Hall, along with distribution of free t-shirts to UWF students. The Colloquium will begin at 6:45 in the UC Auditorium where we will have winners from the Rhyme for Reason Contest showcase their work and will highlight information about sexual violence through speakers and media presentations. The colloquium will end at 7:45, at which time the winners of the Consent Banner Competition will be announced.

Also, a new student organization focused on sexual violence awareness, prevention, and activism, Everyone’s Issue, is coordinating some brand new events this year. First, in collaboration with Sigma Alpha Mu, they will host the first Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on campus. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. The event will take place on Monday, April 4th beginning at 2:30 p.m. on the Cannon Lawn. This year’s Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event is open to the UWF community only and participation is free. Participants must provide their own high-heeled shoes for the march. Attached is information about the event and also the pre-registration form.

Everyone’s Issue are hosting the Vagina Monologues on April 13th from 7-8:30 pm in the UC Conference Center. Admission is free for UWF students, all other tickets are $10.  The proceeds will benefit Women and Children in Haiti and Everyone’s Issue.

4th annual Run For Their Lives 5K run/walk sponsored by Lakeview’s Rape Crisis Center to be held on Saturday, April 2nd at the Pensacola Beach. This activity is being held in support of SAAM as well and is a wonderful way to start your day while also helping support the services that are available to victims of sexual violence.

Thanks for your support with these all of these events.

FAQs:

1. Where do I get shoes?
Answer: UWF men wishing to participate in the march have elected to obtain their own shoes for the 2011 march by purchasing online or purchasing from local retail shops.

2. Can women participate?
Answer: Yes! Women are welcome to participate and have the option to wear heels or regular flats.

3. What is the best day to register for the march?
Answer: All participants are strongly encouraged to sign-up for the march on pre-event registration day on Thursday, March 31st. Registration stations will be available that day from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the UWF Commons. Participants may stop by any time during those hours to complete their registration form. Male participants should purchase their shoes by the time of registration and be ready to provide information about their shoes including the size and color.

(A day-of registration will also be available in the Commons from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m. on Monday, April 4th. This registration will close precisely at 2:00p.m. and students still in line after that time will not be able to participate in the march.)

4. Why should I donate my shoes following the march?
Answer: Men participating in the march are encouraged to donate their shoes to Everyone’s Issue immediately following the march. Remember that male participants must have purchased their shoes by the time of their registration! Information about shoes including size and color must be provided on each participant’s registration form in order for Everyone’s Issue to reserve a pair of shoes for that participant for the 2012 event. Participants who do not provide shoe information on their registration form are not guaranteed that they will be able to reserve shoes for the 2012 march.

5. What items do I need to bring with me the day of the march on Monday April 4th?
Answer: All participants will be provided with an event wrist band at the time of their registration. Participants must keep this wrist band and wear it on April 4th. Individuals without a wrist band will not be able to participate in the march. Volunteers will be checking that each individual has an event wrist band prior to the march. Please be sure to bring it with you on April 4th!

Male participants will also be provided with a shoe donation slip along with their wrist band at the time of their registration. The shoe donation slip will need to be turned in along with high-heeled shoes immediately following the march. Male participants who do not turn in a shoe donation slip along with their shoes will not be guaranteed that they will be able to reserve heels in their size for the 2012 event. 
 
Dr. Kevin Bailey has pledged to lead the march if we meet our goal of getting at least 100 participants to sign up! Pass this information on to individuals and groups who may wish to participate so we can get him in those red pumps!
 
The Walk A Mile in Her Shoes poster and registration info packet are attached.  
 
For more information about the importance of the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event, click here: http://www.walkamileinhershoes.org/
 
Questions about the event? Please contact Holley Frommel at everyonesissue@uwf.edu or x3168.