Taking Back the Night
Hello Fellow Rockets,
This past Saturday I participated in the event Take Back the Night (TBTN). This was my first, but not my last time participating in this event. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and there were many events put on by the University and the Toledo Community. The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program (SAEPP) located in 1511 Student Union in the Health Promotion office was the primary organization responsible for putting together the events.
I really enjoyed TBTN! There were also UT shuttles provided to the Health Science Campus where TBTN took place for students and others to attend if they had no transportation. There were informational tables before the event which included information from both campus and community organizations. On display was the wonderful clothesline project and silent witness project. They also had the bandana project which was new to the program this year. They held a community rally once the event started and there were musical performances. There was a sense of togetherness between everyone, even strangers. The next phase, the men were split from the women so the women could march about 1.3 miles. There were supporters from homes and cars honking their support on the street. I experienced an elated feeling that cannot be explained, but I know that I wanted to march for those who could not, those who were afraid, and for those who had lost their lives to domestic violence. After the march they also held a survivor speak out which was both powerful and brave.
Overall, it was a great event and I had a wonderful time and I plan to attend next year as well. I hope you all can make it to participate next spring!
Below are a few photos from Take Back the Night and other events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month!