The fourth annual Take Back the Night event offered survivors and supporters a chance to take a visible stand against sexual violence.
Take Back the Night is a nationwide program that was sponsored on our Campus by the Women’s Center, Campus Activities Board, and Know More (UTC’s sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking prevention program). This event is led by three guiding goals and thoughts: heal individuals impacted by sexual violence; empower those who have been victimized; take a stand, to help shatter the silence and end the violence.
Chancellor Steven Angle was one of the supporters present at the event.
“I was struck by two thoughts: the bravery and strength of the individuals who shared their stories, and the need for all of us to be part of societal change to prevent sexual assault and relationship violence,” said Angle. “I encourage all of you to think about ways you can help in this effort. All of us can make a difference by supporting our students, faculty, and staff and by taking on active roles in our community.”
Following a moving speech by the keynote speaker, a march through the Historic Fortwood District raised awareness about these issues in our community. Immediately following the march, there was a candlelight vigil to honor victims and celebrate survivors of sexual violence.