Take Back the Night: Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence!


April 18, 2013 starting at 5:30pm
Library Plaza, CSUSM

The 7th annual CSUSM Take Back the Night event includes:

  • Spoken word and musical performances
  • Resource fair, including free food, and lots of other goodies!
  • A candlelight vigil and survivor speak-out circle
  • A march to demand an end to sexual assault and domestic violence



What is Take Back the Night?

Take Back the Night is an international event that began almost 35 years ago. Communities across the United States and around the world come together to break the deafening silence that surrounds issues of sexual assault and domestic violence and demand an end to violence. It includes opportunities to learn more about sexual assault and domestic violence, and for survivors to speak out about their experiences or find help.  Take Back the Night at CSUSM is also a place where students, staff, faculty and community members of all genders to support each other and come together in calling an end to these crimes everywhere.



Why "Take Back the Night"?

"Women are often told to be extra careful and take precautions when going out at night. In some parts of the world, even today, women are not allowed out at night. So when women struggle for freedom, we must start at the beginning by fighting for freedom of movement, which we have not had and do not now have. We must recognize that freedom of movement is a precondition for anything else. It comes before freedom of speech in importance because without it freedom of speech cannot in fact exist." - Andrea Dworkin, The Night and Danger.

A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street.  With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat.  She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer.  She is almost there.  She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life.  This scene could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Women at CSUSM and across the world still face fear and anxiety of walking alone at night. That is why we come together to Take Back the Night!

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