Rally against Domestic Violence Draws Hundreds of Women, Men

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Byline: Robert Sanchez Daily Herald Staff Writer

Katie Giroux used to think rallies and marches didn't do much to create change.

She doesn't believe that anymore after attending Saturday's Take Back the Night event at Naper Settlement.

"To come here, to see and to be emotional for a minute - to connect with the pain that women and children have gone through - I now know it does help," the Plainfield woman said. "It's a beginning."

Giroux later joined the hundreds of men and women who walked through downtown Naperville to symbolically take back the night and to raise awareness of domestic violence.

"People sometimes think it doesn't happen in nice suburbs," said Marcia Colsmith, chairwoman of the committee that planned the ninth annual rally and march. "But domestic violence happens here as much as anywhere."

Domestic violence is the second-most reported crime in DuPage County, according to the county health department.

Colsmith said events like Take Back the Night must continue. And their message needs to reach both men and women.

In past years, Colsmith said, Take Back the Night used to be focused on women. It was clear Saturday that has changed. There were many men in the crowd.

"I think that's very important," said Katie Porter, a Glen Ellyn resident who attended the event with a group of fellow students and faculty from Aurora University. …