Students, staff, faculty and community members are invited to attend the annual Take Back the Night events Thursday, April 16, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The night will feature a march from campus through downtown Flagstaff, an awards ceremony and the inaugural Rock Against Rape dance, all to support putting an end to sexual assault.

“Sexual assault among college students is a significant issue for both women and men,” said Melissa Griffin, manager of NAU Health Promotion. “Take Back the Night is an opportunity to shine light on the issue as we come together to strive to eliminate sexual assault for all of our students.”

The march begins at 5:30 p.m. outside the Health and Learning Center. Following the march, President Rita Cheng will provide remarks to kick off the formal program.

Earlier in the month, Associated Students of Northern Arizona University joined the nationwide It’s On Us movement and hosted a series of events on campus. Activities included a pledge signing campaign to end sexual assault, blue flag display, student bystander trainings and Little Black Dress, a day where students wore black to support sexual assault awareness.