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Eastern Presents Take Back the Night

Christopher J. Herman


 Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's Women's Center is hosting its annual "Take Back the Night" program from April 9-11. "Take Back the Night" is a campus-wide protest movement against sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence, offering a space for speaking and healing for those who have been affected by these crimes.

The first event, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," will be held at 11 a.m. on April 9, beginning in front of the Student Center. Through a nationwide campaign to promote open communication about sexual violence, "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" asks men to walk one mile in women's shoes in order to bring them into the conversation, and join women in their efforts to make the world a safer place.

On April 10 at 3 p.m., the Women's Center will present "A Time to Restore" in the Women's Center. The discussion will focus on overcoming trauma and restoring the self, emotionally and spiritually.

Also on April 10, the Women's Center will present "Mad Men, Monsters and Misogynists: Depictions of Masculinity and Sexual Violence," at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre. The presentation will discuss gender violence prevention, bystander intervention, diversity and sexual health education.
 
The final event of "Take Back the Night" will be held on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, where students will discuss social issues such as rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence.

In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, "Take Back the Night" seeks to end all forms of sexual violence, while creating safe communities and healthy relationships through awareness, activism and advocacy. An estimated one in every three women are victims of interpersonal violence and/or abuse. Since 1975, "Take Back the Night" has grown into an international movement, joining universities, communities and organizations together to take back the voices that sexual violence has claimed. 

For more information on the event, contact Starsheemar Byrum at (860) 465-4313 or byrums@easternct.edu.

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