April 25, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 25, 2016 — Drury University will cap off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with “Take Back the Night” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. The event begins at the circle drive at the end of Drury Lane, outside Findlay Student Center. Drury students and community members will march to demonstrate Drury’s commitment to preventing sexual assault and to protest all forms of sexual, relationship, and domestic violence.
Take Back the Night events began as candlelight vigils in the early 1970s. They were women-only events meant to symbolize the experience of a woman’s individual walk through darkness and to demonstrate how women could unite to resist violence and fear. Today, these events typically involve men and women from across campus communities. Drury’s Take Back the Night is sponsored by student-led organizations V-Warriors and Greek Life.
“Take Back the Night is important because it sends a message that students will not be silent about sexual assault on Drury’s campus and on campuses across the nation,” said Rachel Ryan, president of the V-Warriors. “The march gives survivors of sexual assault a voice to stand up and say that this violence will not be tolerated, and it gives people who may not be as aware of the issue on our campus a way to educate themselves.”
To conclude the evening, luminaries will be lit in memory of sexual assault victims and survivors. Dr. Erin Kenny, associate professor and director of Drury’s minor in Women & Gender Studies, will discuss some of the history and controversies surrounding Take Back the Night events worldwide. Greek Life is also sponsoring a concert with performances from Blue False Indigo, Sam Hinson & Raeanna Duncan, and Lauren Goskie.
This event is free, but donations will be collected and raffles will be held to benefit the Victim Center in Springfield.
Drury University uses a number of avenues to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault among the campus community. They including the Panthers for Prevention group, the Green Dot program, a required online training course called Haven, discussions during freshman orientation, and other initiatives led by both students and faculty/staff.