Take Back the Night at Syracuse University

by: Sacchi Patel

Graduate Assistant Syracuse University R.A.P.E. Center

 

April marks the beginning of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Colleges across the country show their support in many ways, including hosting a campus “Take Back the Night” (TBTN) event.  The Syracuse University R.A.P.E. Center, in conjunction with a student volunteer planning committee, continues working toward providing a safe, healthy and empowering atmosphere each year, as students gather in the thousands to participate in one of the largest events at SU.

Co-sponsored by about 40 student groups, this year TBTN will consist of many events.  Among them is Hands Against Violence banner-making; an activity that provides the opportunity for members of our community to pledge that they will not use their hands for violence. Banner making will take place in these locations:

Schine, April 11-13, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Goldstein (South Campus), April 11, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Marshall Hall at SUNY ESF, April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The banners that are created are displayed at Hendricks Chapel during Take Back the Night.

Tuesday, April 12 will also feature an open-mic night with the event, “A Men’s Issue Presents: Breaking the Silence to Stop Violence with Omekongo.”

Take Back the Night 2011 events culminate on Wednesday, April 13 with a rally, march, and speak-out beginning at 7:30 pm on the steps of Hendricks Chapel.

Take Back the Night raises awareness around sexual violence and operates on the notion that women ought to be able to walk the streets at night safely and free from any violence.  At Syracuse University, all members of the community are encouraged to attend in support of the idea that we can all be empowered bystanders and take an active stand against violence against any members of our community.

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