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Activist for military rape victims to speak at Take Back the Night

by Brandy Warren, communications and marketing last modified Sep 16, 2013 10:46 AM

Susan Burke, a litigator who is spearheading a series of lawsuits designed to reform the way the military prosecutes rape and sexual assaults, will deliver the keynote address at Take Back the Night.

The annual event at the University of Louisville raises awareness about violence against women and is set for 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 outside of the Red Barn, Belknap Campus.

Besides Burke’s talk, several activities are on tap, including a candlelight vigil and march around campus.

Burke’s work is the subject of “The Invisible War,” a documentary that aired in 2012 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film focuses on rape within the military and how victims struggle to rebuild their lives and fight for justice in the aftermath. People can see it on campus at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Floyd Theatre, Swain Student Activities Center. A panel discussion with Burke and military personnel will follow.

Take Back the Night is part of UofL’s Week without Violence (see PDF schedule). Its sponsor is the Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC), a group that provides support to students, staff and faculty who are affected by dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment.

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