Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 pm
E.J. Iddings Agricultural Science building, room 106
The crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence affect entire communities, far beyond the one in four women in the United States who are listed as victims in police reports every year. This year’s Take Back The Night rally and march will conclude the third annual “I Got Your Back” Campus Safety Week at the University of Idaho. Take Back the Night provides members of the campus and local community with an opportunity to take a visible, active stand to break the silence, and reclaim the night in protest of all forms of violence and assault.
Take Back the Night is enhanced by the “Silent Witnesses” project, which will be on display in the Idaho Commons during Campus Safety Week. Wooden cutouts of life-sized human silhouettes will be placed around the Commons to symbolize the loss of members of our society due to interpersonal violence. Each cutout bears the true life stories of 2-3 Idaho individuals who lost their lives during incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault. The goal of the Silent Witnesses project is to raise awareness, encourage commitment by communities to ending domestic violence and sexual assault, and to promote peace, healing, and responsibility in adult relationships, in order to eliminate domestic murders in the United States.
Structure of event
The program will feature an opening rally with a special guest speaker--Emilie McLarnan, the Assistant Director of Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse. Following the rally, there will be a candlelit march around campus. At the conclusion of the march, participants are invited to gather back at the starting point for complimentary refreshments and a Speak-Out/Open Mic. The event is free and open to all, and local community members are warmly invited to attend. The first 100 attendees receive a free T-shirt!
History of the event
The idea for Take Back the Night
originated at the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in March 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. 2,000 women representing 40 different countries attended the event, and organized a candlelight procession through the streets of Brussels, to protest sexual assault and domestic violence. Since then, the movement has spread across the world, and Take Back the Night
has become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual violence and other forms of discriminatory violence. In 2001, the international headquarters and charitable non-profit organization for Take Back the Night
was founded to support locally-organized, creative events to raise awareness about and incite action towards ending sexual violence. A source of empowerment for survivors and education for millions, these events happen in hundreds of schools and communities all across the country each year. From marches at dusk, rallies and survivor speak-outs, to quiet candlelit vigils, these events have paved the way from victim to survivor for thousands of people.
History of Take Back the Night at the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho has hosted a Take Back the Night
event each year for many years, to educate and empower students, staff, faculty and community members around critical issues, not only of sexual violence, but of the violence committed against members of marginalized and underrepresented populations. Take Back the Night
sends a critical, united message that we as a community do not condone this type of violence on our campus or in our town. Take Back the Night
sends the message that we will not tolerate, will not accept, will not stand for any type of violence against our community, no matter to whom it is directed—women, men, LGBTQ individuals, members of our multicultural community, or any other group. Take Back the Night
is an important program among the University of Idaho’s anti-violence campus initiatives, showing strong institutional support of those who have survived violence in their lives, and condemnation against further acts of violence. Take Back the Night
is part of a united voice that we as a community raise in protest against acts of violence on our campus, and in our society. Join us—and join the movement!
Take Back The Night is sponsored by the Women’s Center; Violence Prevention Programs; Vandal Health Education; University Housing; U-Idaho Dept. of Public Safety; Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho; and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, as well as the campus student organization Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. Additional support has been provided by U-Idaho Facilities and The Argonaut.
For more information, or if you would like to co-sponsor this event, please contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-2777 or email.