CSU, Chico News

Gender and Sexuality Equity Center Hosts ‘Take Back the Night’ Event

Date: 11-05-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The Associated Student’s Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) is sponsoring the biannual Take Back the Night event Thursday, Nov. 8, on the California State University, Chico campus.

This event is an opportunity for students and other community members to come together and recognize the ongoing issue and prevalence of violence against women. This event acknowledges survivors of sexual assault, empowering them to educate friends, family and supporters and to have a night to reclaim the right to feel safe and secure after dusk.

Take Back the Night will include several events culminating with a silent candlelight march starting at 8 p.m. in Trinity Commons heading to downtown Chico.

Below is a schedule of all events. For more information, please contact GSEC at 898-5724 or asgsec.wom@csuchico.edu.

  • 6-7:30 p.m.--Women-Only Survivor Speak Out (Cross Cultural Leadership Center, Meriam Library 170)

A place for women to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting. Facilitated by Stephanie Chervinko, counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center.

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Gender-Inclusive Survivor Speak Out (Bell Memorial Union 304)

A place for all genders to share their personal experiences in a safe and supportive setting. Facilitated by Lana McKnight, counselor at the Counseling and Wellness Center.

  • 6-7:30 p.m. Gender Inclusive Workshop (Langdon 300)

An interactive workshop focused on combating rape culture in our community. Guest speakers: Alex Brown, LGBTQ+ Program outreach specialist from Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, and Felesha Valdez, Women’s Law Project director from Community Legal Information Center. Also, the documentary “Someone You Know,” about sexual assault, will be shown and introduced by director and anthropology professor Jesse Dizard and assistant director Nicole Hook.

  • 7:30-8 p.m. Spoken Word Poetry (BMU Common Grounds)

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

  • 8 p.m. Silent Candlelit March (Trinity Commons)

The candlelit march is a silent march for survivors and their supporters who are standing up against sexual assault and violence against women. We will march through downtown Chico to shed light on the issue and to make our presence known.

The GSEC strives to empower all students through its two programs: the Women's Program and the LGBTQ Program. The GSEC challenges societal norms that have been used to oppress and marginalize by providing opportunities for leadership, personal development and referral services. We offer a safe and inclusive space where the campus and community can effectively support the academic mission of the University.