Join WOA for our annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, an evening dedicated to raising awareness about sexual assault and creating a healing space for all survivors of gender-based violence. Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 12th will be open to ALL students, faculty, and administrators on campus, so invite your friends and let’s come together to take a stand against sexual violence in our campus community!
The evening will feature keynote speakers, a march around campus, an open mic portion, and a slam poetry performance. There will also be a poster-making station for the march, light refreshments served after the march, and other student organizations tabling throughout the event.
The tentative schedule for the evening is as follows:
-5:30pm: Get to the Union early to start making signs/posters for the march around campus!
-6:00pm: Opening ceremony begins.
-6:10pm: Keynote speaker Heather Marlowe. Marlowe is an activist and award-winning playwright who wrote THE HAZE, an autobiographical play about sexual assault. She is also the co-founder of victim advocacy group PERL and has provided support to over 60 victims who have taken legal action against law enforcement for mishandling their cases.
-6:40pm: MARCH BEGINS! We will march around campus to protest gender-based violence in our campus community. WOA will be leading the route, which is wheelchair and stroller accessible.
-7:00pm: We will reunite in the Union and light refreshments will be served (vegan/veg options available).
-7:10pm: Keynote speaker Karen Stefano. Stefano is a sexual assault survivor from San Diego who later became a criminal defense lawyer. Her story of healing and redemption will be chronicled in her new book “Vigilance,” which will be released in early 2019.
-7:30pm: Open mic portion begins. Anyone is welcome to share their stories/experiences related to gender-based violence and healing. All forms of performance welcome!
-8:10pm: Slam poetry performance by members of V-Day SDSU!
-8:30pm: Closing ceremony.
If you have any questions or concerns about the event, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to a night of solidarity and healing with you! 💙