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Representatives of Turningpoint stand at their booth at Take Back the Night. From left are: Alena Taylor, Beth Bruns, Katie Ryan, April Mootz, and Courtney Albarado. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
Marchers wrote on T-Shirts, sharing their stories of assualt, or other messages. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
Elizabeth Sullivan (left) and Shanna Hasert represented "Empower Survivors" at Take Back the Night. They were some of many people to run booths for TBTN marchers to visit before the march kicked off. Empower Survivors is a nonprofit that serves adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The organization also works to prevent childhood sexual abuse through educating the public, Sullivan said. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) organized this year's Take Back the Night march, and event. At the SART booth, from left, are Sage Miller, Alyssa Wakefiled, and Ashley Bredeson. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
Lydia Sittlow (left) and Arianna Sbraccia pose for a picture at the "Can I Kiss You?" booth. Sbraccia said the booth was promoting the importance of conscent, even for something as simple as kissing. In addition to the photo frame, the booth had kiss tattooes, and Hershey's kisses to hand out. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
Members of the BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) came to the River Falls Take Back the Night event Thursday, April 21. Shown, BACA member Rush, has his lips painted red by Brittany Shelstad at a "Red My Lips" campaign booth. According to, the Red My Lips campaign asks people to wear red lipstick in the month of April to create awareness of sexual assault. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Many people gathered at the St. Bridget School playground for the sixth annual Take Back the Night rally and March Thursday evening, April 21.

Visitors could stop at various booths all aimed at spreading awareness of sexual assault.

The St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and Turningpoint were two of the groups present at the rally and march.

The event finished with a candlelight vigil.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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