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‘Take Back the Night’ event raises awareness

This article is part of a spread the Torch ran on the issue of sexual assault.

Every Thursday, ‘DAC After Dark’ has a theme. Themes vary from a “Friends” showing in the coffeehouse to Fondue night. However, this week’s theme was different.

This week, the theme dealt with sexual violence as DAC hosted the ‘Take Back the Night’ event.

‘Take Back The Night’ was an opportunity for students and faculty to express their thoughts about sexual violence. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, it is estimated that the percentage of sexual violence among women in colleges may be between 20-25%.

The event included readings that empowered women to speak up about sexual violence. It also included a performance from the St. John’s ‘Step Your Game Up’ step team. SYGU also taught people at the event how to step.

Senior Destiny Jones said, “Everyone makes a difference. Speak up if you know, or have been a victim of sexual crime.”

Title IX coordinator Jackie Lochrie said “[This event helps] to raise awareness on issues of gender based violence on university campuses. Community members can make a difference on theme issues [such as rape and domestic violence] at St. John’s.”

Johan Kerr, a graduate student, said “Responsibility falls on everyone; if you see something, stand up. Do not be a bystander. Do something!”

Junior Jaymiah Herring said, “Don’t overlook activity that doesn’t look normal because it can lead to violence.”

Senior Ada Lee said, “We all have the power to come together to fight domestic and sexual violence. The event made me feel empowered to fight it.

‘Take Back The Night’ is in response to President Obama’s initiative to prevent sexual violence, “It’s On Us.” October is also sexual violence prevention month.

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