This blog entry is a contribution from Brianna Isaacson ’15
This Tuesday evening, Women’s Caucus, a feminist student group on campus, is hosting a Take Back the Night event in Hirst Lounge at 7 pm. Take Back the Night is an internationally known organization dedicated to eliminating sexual violence in all forms and empowering survivors. According to TakeBacktheNight.org, the event has a long tradition:
The first documented Take Back The Night event in the United States took place in October of 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Citizens rallied together after the murder of young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death by a stranger no more than a block away from her home while walking the streets, alone.
Women are often told not to walk alone at night, not to drink, not to wear a short skirt; as if these things are responsible for causing sexual violence. No one is responsible for their own rape or attack. Please join us to take a stand against rape culture as we aim to take back the night.
Beginning at 7 in Hirst Lounge, there will be tables from various community organizations, an art table, a slideshow, and pizza. Our featured speaker is Renée Heininger, a member of the board of directors for the grassroots nonprofit Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER). Around 7:50 we will proceed in a walking vigil across the footbridge to the 19th ward, ending at Boulder Coffee. There we will be having a survivor speak-out where we are inviting students to share their poetry, prose, stories or thoughts with us. If you or someone you know would like to have a piece read anonymously, you can submit a story here and we will have someone give voice to it for you: http://urtakebackthenight.tumblr.com/ask . If you are comfortable reading it yourself, please email Sara Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add you to the schedule. Check out the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428446047382640/ .