“Take Back the Night” is an event held on many college campuses to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic abuse. Many on-campus organizations participated in this years demonstration on LBSU campus.
A small but mighty congregation commanded the attention of the campus Wednesday with loud chants and neon signs as they marched across campus to Take Back the Night. The international event has been fighting for equality and raising awareness of sexual harassment since 1976. This year’s annual event was hosted by the Women’s and Gender Equity Center at Cal State Long Beach. Around 50 participants visited tables and listened to speakers talk about their experience with inequality and sexual assault. The center invited Cindy De La Cruz-Brown, alumna of Cal State Long Beach, to speak about why spreading awareness about sexual harassment is such an important issue. She is also a Community Organizer at the Long Beach chapter of Building Healthy Communities. De La Cruz-Brown said when women come forward about being harassed or abused, the common response is to ask what was wearing when it happened. “The fact that is even a response is problematic to me,” De La Cruz-Brown said. “I don’t co-sign on something like that. It validates the objectification of women but also affirms how a woman’s word is commonly devalued.” The night started with information tabling on subjects such as Denim Day, the Peace Corps
An international awareness event and demonstration will make its way to Cal State Long Beach Wednesday evening to Take Back the Night for sexual assault victims — literally. Take Back the Night will be hosted by the Women’s and Gender Equity Center and Associated Students Inc. April 18. The beginning half of the event will feature tabling from the equity center and sign-making at 5 p.m. and a march from Brotman Hall to the Anatol Center at 6:30 p.m. The annual Take Back the Night takes place every April. The event strives to open up the conversation regarding sexual assault, the victims and the survivors through providing an avenue for them to speak up against this violence. “It’s a way to make it safe on campus to talk about things like rape and street harassment...and take back the night,” said Pam Rayburn, coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Equity Center. After the rally, social justice performance group interACT will host a display about bystander intervention in issues concerning sexual assault at 7 p.m. The cause has been circulating around campuses since 1976, providing resources during the rise of women’s shelters. Take Back the Night is the first worldwide protest against
Feet will march and voices will be heard Wednesday night as Cal State Long Beach students, faculty and staff march across campus to advocate for an end to sexual assault and other forms of relationship violence. The Take Back the Night event will also feature speakers, discussions and cultural expression related to sexual and domestic violence. Take Back the Night is a charitable, non-profit foundation that has been hosting events targeting sexual violence since the late ‘60s. Since then, according to its website, more than 600 campuses and communities have held thousands of events across the country. Pay Rayburn, Coordinator for the CSULB Women’s and Gender Equity Center, believes that relationship violence is still an issue that needs to be addressed today. “In this day and age, there are new forms of potential relationship violence that should be explored, such as online dating,” she said. WGEC, sometimes partnered with other student groups on campus, provides workshops and events focused on improving intimate relationships and spreading awareness of the red flags of partner violence. Take Back the Night is an annual march that has been organized for the past several years. Beginning at 5 p.m. by Brotman Hall, students can enjoy