CSU, Chico News

Take Back the Night Event Slated for April 3

Date: 03-28-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Katrina Cameron
Interim Coordinator Assistant

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.