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Will County Take Back the Night event to take place Oct. 3

Women honor victims of domestic violence during a vigil at Will County Take Back the Night in Joliet.
Women honor victims of domestic violence during a vigil at Will County Take Back the Night in Joliet.

The annual Will County Take Back the Night 2019 is scheduled for Oct. 3 at Joliet Central High School.

This free event will include an expert talking about domestic violence and a candlelight vigil honoring locals lost due to domestic violence over the past 10 years, according to a news release. Take Back the Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the New Student Center at the high school, located at 201 E. Jefferson St. in Joliet. Parking will be available in Lots C, D, E and H.

For the past 23 years, Will County Take Back the Night has hosted an annual rally to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence and to support survivors. One local expert said the number of domestic violence-related deaths between the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019 was “remarkable.”

Dr. M. Susan Scanlon, a Chicago-area gynecologist and author, will be the keynote speaker for the event. She wrote the book “The Gyne’s Guide for College Women: How to Have a Healthy, Safe and Happy Four Years.”

Scanlon will offer advice for survivors of teenage dating and domestic violence and strategies for self-healing and safety after episodes of violence. A sign language interpreter will be present. There will be a candlelight vigil honoring women and children in Will County who were murdered over the past decade. Participants can walk around the campus at the end of the event.

Take Back the Night began in Europe in 1976, and spread throughout the world as a sign of empowerment, according to the release.

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