Thursday, April 24, marks the Lane County’s 36th annual Take Back the Night event. Take Back the Night is a yearly international protest aimed to raise awareness about the realities of sexual violence. Since the first rally in 1976 in Belgium at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women, Take Back the Night has been recognized by many Universities throughout the United States and abroad. This is the first year the ASUO Women’s Center asked our local to participate in this event which is in its 9th year. Our Executive Committee has enthusiastically endorsed it! It is a rally/march/speak out to end sexual violence. The Labor Choir will be opening the event at 6pm and we will be marching to the LCC Downtown Titan Court from there. Dorothy has written a couple of new songs just for this event. We would love to have you join us!
Over three decades ago the University of Oregon Women’s Center and SASS worked in collaboration to ensure that Lane County was a part of this worldwide movement. Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to announce that each individual has the right to live free from sexual violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard.
This year, the rally is proud a variety of performances. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a self-identified queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, performer, and visionary. Her work includes, but is not limited to, documenting the stories of queer and trans people of color, abuse survivors, and people of mixed-race. The rally will also feature performances from University of Oregon’s Divisi, an All-Female A Capella group, Latino Youth Group, Juventud Faceta, Guitarist, Alex Haggerty, University of Oregon’s Radical Cheerleaders and Sexual Wellness Advocacy Team.
Caitlin Corona, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator stated, “I could not have anticipated the range of emotions I felt at last year’s Take Back the Night. I felt excited at the rally, inspired at the speak-out, and liberated at the march. Take Back the Night allows fellow survivors and allies to feel empowered while battling the issue of sexual violence in our society. I hope that this year’s Take Back the Night moves our community to take a stand against rape culture while supporting survivors of sexual violence.”
This event is wheelchair accessible and free to the public. Translation in Spanish and ASL will also be provided. Questions regarding Take Back the Night should be directed to Claire Aubin, Public Relations, ASUO Women’s Center.
When: Take Back the Night is on April 24th, 2014 at 5:00PM
Where: Rally begins in the EMU Amphitheatre at 13th and University St. followed by a march from the UO campus to LCC’s Titan Court 975 Charnelton Street. The speak-out will begin there at 8:30pm.
Who: The ASUO Women’s Center in collaboration with Sexual Assault Support Services.