Take Back the Night 2017: Rally & March, Keynote and Survivor Speak Out

5:30 pm - Rally at the Quarry Plaza
6:00 - 6:30pm - March through campus
7:00 - 9:00pm - Keynote Address and Survivor Speak Out at Oakes Learning Center

Participants will rally in the Quarry Plaza before beginning a westward march through campus. Marchers will arrive at the Oakes Learning Center at 6:30 pm where dinner will be provided.

The Women's Center at UCSC is pleased to invite you to Take Back the Night 2017, a series of events which will take place from April 24th - 28th in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The mission of Take Back the Night is to shatter the silence around sexual violence and to empower survivors. Take Back the Night events began in the late 1960s and are today hosted in over 30 countries.

These events bring all womxn and other marginalized folks together to speak out against the epidemic of sexual violence within our communities. Our series of events will rally members of the UCSC together in opposition to rape culture on our campus, promote a healing and empowering space for survivors, and give students the tools to advocate for a community free from sexual and dating violence.

Activist, storyteller, and consultant Amita Swadhin will deliver a keynote address on the
personal and community impacts of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence, followed by a question and answer session. The Survivor Speak Out will follow, during which individuals who have experienced sexual violence are invited to give voice to their experiences. Confidential advocates from the UCSC CARE office will be present for participants who may need support.

There will be no mandated reporting within this space. Amita has shared her story of survival for over 20 years, beginning at a Take Back the Night event at Georgetown University, her alma mater. She is committed to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people, and works full time to end child sexual abuse and to help survivors heal through her oral history project Mirror Memoirs . This project centers the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQ survivors of color.

For more information and accessibility concerns, please contact the Women's Center at women@ucsc.edu , 831-459-2027 as soon as possible. The deadline for this accommodation is Weds. April 15, 2017. So that everyone may enjoy this event, please refrain from wearing scented products.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 5:30pm

Oakes College
Recycling , Santa Cruz, California 95064



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