April 18, 1997
Attorney General at Take Back Night
Wisconsin Attorney General Jim Doyle will be the main speaker during Take Back the Night observances set for May 2 in River Falls.
Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. that Friday on the UW-River Falls mall between Hagestad Student Center and South Hall. There will be free food and beverages. UW-RF Dance Theatre students will perform. Girl Scouts will help with children's events, including face painting and parachute games.
Take Back the Night is an international rally and march organized to call attention to violence against women, children and families. The first rallies and marches began in England, with the first rally and march held in the United States in San Francisco in 1978.
Doyle will speak at 7 p.m. Participants will march through town, and former UW-RF student Diane Wegner will entertain after the march.
UW-RF Counseling Center and Campus Security representatives will attend. Turningpoint for Victims of Domestic Abuse will provide information, and the local Food Shelf will have people there to accept donations.
"We want it to be annual," said Lisha McLean. She said the group that's organizing the event also wants it to be a family affair.
Co-chairwomen McLean and Tanya Hebert are members of the campus Women's Equality Group and both are minoring in women's studies.
"We started at the ground with no funds what-so-ever," said McLean. But, she said, people have been generous. "We are going to have a list like you wouldn't believe of people who have donated."