By MEGHAN ALESSI
The Take Back the Night Foundation was established in 1999 by Katie Koestner in response to her own experience with date rape. She was the first woman to speak publicly about rape and did it at the young age of eighteen. According to the organization’s website their mission is to “end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.”
Take Back the Night, a national event that has taken place on several college campuses across the nation, was held on Thursday, April 18. It was sponsored by SWAGS (Student Women and Gender Society) and began on the steps of Giddings Hall. The event had a very good turn-out and President Crouch was in attendance.
Several members of the GC community had the opportunity to speak to those who attended the event.
This included Dr. Erin Tarver and Laura Wyly, who discussed rape culture and expressed that women should not be afraid to go out alone at night. Michelle Flannery also read a poem.
The group then ventured across campus, chanting along the way, and when they arrived back at Giddings they participated in a candlelight vigil.
Then, there were student testimonies of their experiences, whether directly or through someone they knew, with rape and sexual assault.
Throughout the week students made t-shirts outside the caf that displayed their support of Take Back the Night and what it represents. They were displayed on clotheslines during the event.
If you missed out this year, make sure you make it next spring!
If you are interested in ways you can help the organization visit takebackthenight.org.