It's time to Take Back The Night again! Sexual Assault Awareness Month is this month, and GSEC is partnering with a few organizations in our community and representatives to strive to bring awareness to sexual assault survivors. This year’s theme: "Reach out, speak out!" Was created to empathize that survivors are not alone, that survivors are brave and warriors. It is every survivors’ choice when they want to reach out and/or speak out. We are here to say we support the choices survivors make in their journey to healing.
TBTN'S Main Event will take place Thursday, April 26 at Chico State's BMU. Below is a schedule of the night's events:
>>Thursday, April 26:
6:00-7:00pm- Keynote (Kymberlea Dehoney) in BMU Auditorium
7:00-8:00pm- 3 Survivor speak-outs: Women's Only BMU 210, Women's Only BMU 211, Gender Inclusive BMU 312
7:00-8:00pm- Workshop: Self-care by Rape Crisis in BMU 008
8:00-9:00pm Take Back the Mic in BMU Aud.
9:00pm- March around Chico, starting in SSC plaza
Our keynote speaker Kymberlea Dehoney a poet and fellow Chico State student!
Survivor Speakouts allow survivors to speak about their experiences in a safe and supported way- there will be women-only and gender-inclusive speakouts.
Take Back the Mic: will feature spoken word and music surrounding sexual assault. Submissions are due to firstname.lastname@example.org or BMU 004 by April 15th.
Silent March: candlelit march through downtown to bring awareness to the importance of the issue and stand in solidarity with survivors.
After Thursday's night of emotions, activism and togetherness, the GSEC invites all TBTN attendees to a Debriefing Brunch on Friday, April 27 on Chico State's campus in the CCLC (MLIB 003).
We will provide a space for people to process the week's events. There will be free food!
>>Friday, April 27:
11:00am- 1:00pm- Debriefing brunch Facilitated by GSEC
Take Back The Night provides an opportunity for students and community members of Chico to all come together and recognize the large ongoing issue of rape culture, violence against women, and to involve themselves in the protest against it. The event is an opportunity to acknowledge and empower survivors and to reclaim the right to everyone's security. Individuals may stand in solidarity with survivors to support the collective action against this ongoing violence. The event will culminate in a silent candlelit march through the Chico downtown community, providing a chance for survivors of sexual assult to reclaim their right to feel safe and secure at all times in their community.