Sexual assault survivors Take Back the Night

Posted at 2:50 PM, Apr 05, 2016

The Women's Council at Michigan State and ASMSU invite sexual assault and domestic violence victims to come together to Take Back the Night this April 6th-7th, 2016 at Michigan State University. 

Take Back the Night is a all-day event that invites first and second-hand victims to reclaim any kind of sexual assault or domestic violence that they may have experienced.

The event holds a series of workshops and projects that focus on empowering victims and raising awareness to others. 

From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. on April 6th, Take Back the Night will host a Healing Art Community Project in the Lake Superior room at the MSU Union. 

The public is invited to decorate a puzzle piece that is reflective to their experience as a survivor or an ally to sexual assault or domestic violence.

"What we hope to do is connect the puzzle pieces, so the next day the puzzle pieces from the night before are out as sort of an art project that shows solidarity with survivors," said coordinator Sierra Petersen.

As a survivor herself, Petersen said that this event has offered her a community of support, encouragement and empowerment.

"Take Back the Night is especially helpful for those who might feel alienated or alone in their experience as a survivor."

The event will run on Thursday, April 7th from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., holding a series of workshops, presentations, resource fairs and more.

Participants will also be able to speak with representatives from MSU Safe Place, EVE'S House Domestic Violence Shelter, the MSU Sexual Assault Program and other organizations at the resource fair at Beaumont Tower. 

The day will offer a healing yoga session, keynote speaker, theater performance, candle-light vigil and more. For additional information, please click here. 

"Take Back the Night is an empowering way to say, 'I am reclaiming what happened to me, I am going to say it is wrong,'" said Petersen. 

-The Clothesline Project, Resource Fair, Keynote (Lachrista Greco) and Speak Out have now been moved to the main lobby of the MSU Union.
-The Candle Light Vigil has been cancelled. Tashmica Torok will give a speech in the MSU Room of the MSU Union at 7 pm.