Within 12 hours of the Virginia Tech massacre, local students rallied against violence. Monday night, Gannon University held its annual "Take Back the Night" march.
"Take Back the Night" is an annual rally, but unfortunately the shooting deaths of at least 32 people Monday at Virginia Tech proves the need for these women's determination to end violence.
Participants began the march at the Perry Square gazebo with a prayer for everyone affected by the inhumane killings Monday morning. "Take Back the Night" began in the U.S. in 1978 and its purpose is to raise awareness about violence against women.
Those who spend their time fighting to educate others about problems that arise with domestic violence, say it's difficult and frustrating to handle the news of such a heinous act. As President Bush spoke on the Virginia Tech massacre, he said it's a tragedy that will affect every campus in every American community.
These women hope events like "Take Back the Night" brings our society one step closer to stopping violence in our communities and in our schools.
For many, a college campus is a home... somewhere you're supposed to feel safe. These women say hopefully with the education and awareness we'll never have to hear of such a violent act again.