Take Back the Night Event Slated for April 3

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 03-28-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4260
Katrina Cameron
Interim Coordinator Assistant
530-898-5724

The Associated Students’ Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) at California State University, Chico will present its Take Back the Night event on Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium. The biannual event brings together university and community members in protest against rape and other forms of sexual violence. 

A number of presentations, workshops and performances are on the evening’s agenda, including a keynote address at 6:15 p.m. by CSU, Chico student Olivia VanDamme. The evening will conclude with a silent march through downtown Chico and the south campus neighborhoods. The candlelit walk is aimed at helping sexual assault victims regain a sense of security and safety after dusk.

The fall 2013 Take Back the Night event drew a record-breaking 380 supporters and attendees.

A full schedule of events follows:

6 p.m. Start of event (BMU Auditorium)

6:15-7 p.m. Keynote speaker Olivia VanDamme, CSU, Chico student (BMU Auditorium)

7:10-8:10 p.m. Women’s Only Survivor Speak-Out (TBA): A place for women to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting.

7:10-8:10 p.m. Gender Inclusive Survivor Speak-Out (BMU 210): A place for all genders to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting.

7:10-8:10 p.m. Rape Culture Workshop (BMU Auditorium): An interactive workshop focused on combating rape culture in our community.

8:20-8:50 p.m. Spoken Word & Performances (BMU Auditorium): Students and community members come together in solidarity to perform original and popular work to inspire participants before the march.

9-9:30 p.m. Candle lighting and silent candlelit march (Student Services Center plaza): The candlelit march through downtown Chico sheds light on the issue of sexual assault in our community and asserts a presence as supporters and survivors.

GSEC is a student-run organization that strives to empower students through its programs, the Women’s Program and the LGBTQ+ Program. They offer opportunities for leadership and personal development and referral services, and work to be a safe and inclusive space where the campus and community can effectively support the academic mission of the University.

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