18 April 2009

Take Back the Night features Former Miss World Linor Abargil

Former Miss World Linor Abargil will be the keynote speaker at the annual Take Back the Night rally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, on the Frist Campus Center South Lawn. The event is open to members of the campus community and the surrounding Princeton community.

Abargil was raped and almost lost her life at the age of 18, seven weeks before she was named Miss World in November of 1998. As a result of her decision to share details about the crime, Abargil's assailant was convicted. Abargil, who is today an actress and law student in Israel, has become a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence.

In addition to the speech by Abargil, Take Back the Night will include survivor accounts, a candlelight vigil and performances by Princeton students, including the Wildcats a cappella group, BodyHype dance troupe, guitarist and singer Phyllis Heitjan, and Kat Sanden performing a spoken word piece.

Take Back the Night is held as part of an international observance during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

This year's event is sponsored by Sexual Harassment/Assault Advising, Resources and Education (SHARE); SpeakOut; Fields Center; Frist Campus Center; Fund for Intergroup Collaboration; Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center; Office of Religious Life; Pace Center; Princeton Animal Welfare Society; Princeton Justice Program; Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board; University Health Services; Office of the Vice President for Campus Life; and Women's Center.

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