‘Take Back the Night’ from sexual assault 5k empowers women

‘Take Back the Night’ from sexual assault 5k empowers women

The Madison chapter of Take Back the Night hosted a 5k run-walk along Lake Monona Wednesday. Organizers said the run is a way to physically exert the anger women feel about the high statistics of sexual assault, especially for girls on college campuses.

Research has found one in four women at UW-Madison will be sexually assaulted.

Take Back the Night is working to support women who have survived this trauma and to prevent assault from happening in the future.

“We need to talk about consent at a young age in order to destigmatize this issue,” said Bri Bulski, chairwoman of the Madison chapter. “If you feel uncomfortable, you have so many community resources that you probably don’t know you have.”

About 150 athletes participated in the event, and money raised goes toward education initiatives to prevent sexual assault. These programs take place at 600 different college campuses.