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October 20, 2018 : Take Back the Night Rally Speaks Against Violence

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Men, women, and children will rally against gendered violence on Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. for the 12th Annual Take Back the Night at Ohio University Lancaster.  Human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence are the topics.  Speakers will share their experiences and information to create awareness and join forces in addressing the issues. 

 

Activities for the evening will include speakers and dramatic readings.  The rally will be held in the 5th Floor Art Gallery surrounded by the “What Was I Wearing” Survivor Art Exhibit.  Speakers will discuss the local problems of violence, share readings of strength and empowerment, and give insights and ideas for empowerment. 

 

This event is a collaborative effort between women’s and gender studies classes and the community. The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter is co-sponsoring the event.  Students have planned the program, requested speakers, created programs, and created informational posters and flyers. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality instructors Beth Sertell and Pamela Kaylor are coordinating the efforts. 

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“We have some special speakers this year and we are really fortunate to have national speaker and survivor-activist Beverly Goodin stream in from her live presentation “Why I Stayed” in Athens,” says organizer associate lecturer for OHIO's Lancaster campus Dr. Pamela Kaylor.  “This is a timely topic – with current debates and discussion about gendered violence and the designation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The reality is that domestic violence and gendered violence happen every day.”

 

“Why I Stayed” is a revolutionary speech by Beverly Goodin, renown social activist and creator of the #WhyIStayed hashtag and global movement.  In this radical talk, Gooden challenges the question, “Why did he/she stay?” and reveals how the current way we interact with survivors is a house of cards. From faulty blame attrition, to designating only men as abusers, it’s easy to overlook the sheer volume of domestic violence when the issue has historically been framed as ‘them’ and not ‘us’. 

 

That’s why, as Gooden argues, domestic violence is a community issue.  Victims of violence can be women and men, LGBTQ and heterosexual, or even children.  Gooden discusses her personal domestic violence story, reveals the most important questions to ask victims, and outlines how we all can help.

 

“Take Back the Night is an opportunity to create awareness and hear stories of empowerment as we take back the night women in which women and children are afraid to walk.”

 

Take Back the Night began in New York City in 1973 as an effort to break the silence that enables violence to continue.  Violence has become a part of our daily existence, touching every generation, race, and social stratum.  By bringing women together, it enables women to empower one another through shared experiences instead of remaining isolated and powerless.

 

“We take back the night to begin a new day,” says one organizer.  “We hope the public will support our public awareness program and contribute to stopping violence in our area.”  Take Back the Night will be held in Ohio University’s Brasee Hall in the fifth floor Art Gallery.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.  For more information, contact Kaylor at dawes@ohio.edu.