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This year's Take Back the Night will include a special focus on human trafficking and its close ties to domestic violence and sexual assault.
The evening begins in Lawrence's South Park at 5 p.m. with live music, local food vendors, table displays from local organizations, and children's arts and crafts projects (all ages are welcome!). The Clothesline and Pantyline projects to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault will also be on display, and survivors and witnesses of domestic violence will have the opportunity to make their own Clothesline Project t-shirt. Take Back the Night t-shirts will also be on sale, and participants will have the opportunity to make protest posters to carry in the march down Massachusetts Street.
At 7 pm the evening's formal program will begin, featuring Vicky Lutrell, the Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator for the Office of the Attorney General.
At 7:30, the march will begin from South Park and heading down Mass. Street to Watson Park, where the Speak Out Circle and Candlelight Vigil will be held. During this time, survivors and witnesses of sexual or domestic violence have the opportunity to tell their story or to simply reflect quietly on their experience. Immediately following the Speak Out Circle, blues singer Ellie Smith will sing the song featured in the Attorney General's Public Service Announcement about human trafficking (follow this link to watch the video).