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October 19, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Adult Reading Rotunda, Main Gallery, Bridge Patio, Sharon Lawson Room, Board Room & Meeting Room Hallway
508 N. Cusick Street
Maryville, TN 37804
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Take Back the Night - Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Library Sponsored - Open to the Public

  • Thursday, October 19,    5:30-8:30 p.m.,  “Take Back the Night” at the library is a Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness event co-sponsored by Pellissippi State Community College and the Blount County Public Library. The event will be held at the library. “Take Back the Night” is designed to promote safe communities and respectful relationships while seeking to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. 

The evening will feature a series of events:

  • 5:30 p.m.,  Introduction– Meet in Reading Rotunda end of Main Gallery for welcome & sign-making.  Ready-made signs will be provided by PSCC, or materials will be available for participants to make their own signs. Arrive earlier than 5:30 if you desire to make a sign.
  • 5:45 p.m.,  Walk/March- Follow a prescribed parade route (approximately 1 mile) through downtown Maryville, beginning and ending at the Blount County Public Library’s Reading Rotunda and Main Gallery.
  • 7 p.m.,    Speak Out or Informational Session – Attend the session of your choice:
    • Speak Out – Participants 18 years of age and older may attend this session which will include a guest speaker from The Helen Ross McNabb Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee and voluntary audience sharing in the Sharon Lawson Room. Mental health counselors will be on hand to offer support as needed.
    • 7 p.m.,   Self Defense and Safety: Informational Session - This will be a general self-defense and safety session by the Maryville Police Department. They will include self-defense protection actions and will invite audience members to practice if they desire to do so. This session will be open to the general public as well as interested Take Back the Night participants, including those under 18 years of age.  This session will be held in the Reading Rotunda end of the Main Gallery.
    • 8:15 p.m.,  Finale/Candlelight Vigil – Following the presentation sessions, attendees will proceed to the back patio area of the library, near the pedestrian bridge, for the concluding ceremony.