take back the night

Shatter the Silence

Yesterday, I went to Take Back the Night at my university. This was my fourth Take Back the Night! The event included a march throughout campus, an opportunity for survivors to speak out about their experiences with sexual assault, a glow stick vigil, and many opportunities for education about sexual assault and the resources available on my campus.

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Sadly I don’t have any pictures from my first Take Back the Night in 2013

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The crowd at Take Back the Night 2016 in Oxford, MS.

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The chancellor of the University of Mississippi and I at Take Back the Night 2017 in Oxford, MS

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Executive members (past and present) of Rebels Against Sexual Assault at Take Back the Night 2018 in Oxford, MS

 

It is empowering to march down the streets chanting:

Shatter the Silence! / Stop the Violence!

People Unite! / Take Back the Night!

What do we want? / Justice. / When do we want it? / Now!

The people united / will never be divided.

We have the power. / We have the right. / We are here / to Take Back The Night.

I won’t be shamed. / I won’t be blamed.

Take Back My Life.  /   Take Back The Night.

This year I participated in the speak out portion of Take Back the Night. This can be difficult, but it was definitely worth it.

You can read what I said below:


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