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Take Back the Night

April 6, 2018

Did you know that one in every five college age females are victims of attempted or completed sexual assault? How about that one in every sixteen college age males are victims of attempted or completed sexual assault?

Since the 1970’s, when sexual assault against women became a hot topic of conversation across the United States, Take Back the Night has been focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence. Take Back the Night has inspired “both men and women to confront social injustices and assert that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, to be heard, and to reclaim those rights if they are violated.”

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Monmouth College doing its part to speak out against sexual assault. Coordinated by Monmouth’s Counseling Services Director, Cindy Beadles, Monmouth will hold its 4th annual Take Back the Night event on April 16th, 2018.

The event will begin inside Mellinger Commons with a pre-program from 5:00-5:30 PM. During this time, pictures and video clips will be taken of both faculty and students for a new “It’s On Us” video, students will have the opportunity to sign an “It’s On Us” banner, t-shirts decorated by victims of sexual assault and/or physical violence will be on display, and snacks and registries for door prizes will be available.

The Take Back the Night program/rally will be from 5:30-6:30 in Mellinger Commons. The hour will begin with President Wyatt and Lobie Stone proclaiming Monday, April 16th, 2018 to be “Take Back the Night Day” on Monmouth’s campus. A proclamation against sexual and physical violence will be signed by representatives of each administrative department and each residence hall, student organization, and/or athletic team. There will be a student “Speak-out” by actual or performing victims or sexual assault, informative videos about Take Back the Night, music by both Colorful Voices of Praise and the Sassy Lassies, and door prizes.

Following the program will be a walk to the town square during which rally and chant leaders will assist walkers in chanting slogans such as “Shatter the silence! Stop the violence.” At the square, a town dignitary will pledge both their own and the town’s supports on Monmouth College’s efforts to prevent violence in all forms. The day will end with a poetry reading and balloon launch in Monmouth’s town square.

Monmouth’s Counseling Services, Title XI, and Mindful Monmouth want this event to facilitate the prevention of violence across campus and the community of Monmouth, Illinois. With the help of all student voices, we can work together to end sexual assault and domestic violence once and for all.

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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