CSU, Chico News

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center to Host Take Back the Night Event

Date: 02-28-2013

Sarah Sullivan
Gender and Sexuality Equity Center
Kacey Gardner, editorial assistant
Public Affairs

The Associated Students Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) will host the biannual Take Back the Night event Thursday, March 14, on the California State University, Chico campus.

This event invites students and community members to come together in protest of rape and other forms of sexual violence against women in today’s society. It is a night to empower survivors of sexual assault and unify their friends, families and supporters.

Take Back the Night includes several events, culminating with a silent candlelit march at 8 p.m. from Trinity Commons through downtown Chico. The symbolic procession illustrates the reclamation of women’s right to feel safe and secure after dark.

Last semester this event drew a record 375 supporters for the candlelit walk. In a time when sexual assault is a pressing issue in our community, Take Back the Night allows students to stand together to show they are not willing to let this go on.

Below is a complete schedule of the night’s events. For more information, contact GSEC at 530-898-5724 or email Sarah Sullivan at asgsec.wom@csuchico.edu.

6–7:30 p.m.: Gender Inclusive Survivor Speak-Out, Bell Memorial Union (BMU) 204

  • A place for all genders to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting.

6–7:30 p.m.: Women-Only Survivor Speak-Out, BMU 210

  • A place for women to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting.

6–7:30 p.m.: Gender Inclusive Workshop, BMU Auditorium

  • An interactive workshop focused on combating rape culture in our community.

7:30–8 p.m.: Spoken Word Poetry, BMU Auditorium

  • Students and community members come together in solidarity to perform spoken word poetry.

8 p.m.: Silent Candlelit March, Trinity Commons

  • A silent march for survivors and their supporters who are standing up against sexual assault and violence against women.

GSEC, housed in BMU 005, is a student-run organization that aims to empower students through its two programs: the Women’s Program and the LGBTQ Program. The center challenges societal norms that have been used to oppress and marginalize by providing opportunities for leadership, personal development and referral services. GSEC offers a safe and inclusive space where the campus and community can effectively support the academic mission of the University.