Ohio University

Take Back the Night

outline of OU skyline with street light illuminating. 'Take back the night' above the skyline.

Take Back the Night is sponsored by Student Senate, Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Campus Involvement Center, My Sister's Place, Counseling and Psychological Services, Graduate Student Senate, Housing and Residence Life, the Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, and Athena Cinema.

Take Back the Night is an annual event to take back the night from sexual and domestic violence. Everyone, regardless of gender identity, is encouraged to participate in these series of events that focus on survivor experiences.

Accessibility for the event: An American Sign Language Interpreter will be provided for the speaker portion of the event. The Take Back the Night march will follow a route with accessible sidewalks. A street legal golf cart will be provided for those who require it. To reserve a space on the golf cart, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu.

*This program has received an exemption from mandated reporting in order to allow for full-campus participation by all members of the campus community. Disclosures of incidents of sexual misconduct at this specified event will not be considered notice to Ohio University.


Save the Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Baker Ballroom (Ohio University)

6PM:Visit exhibits and resources. Resource tables include: My Sister's Place, Survivor Advocacy Program, Counseling and Psychological Services, Ohio University Police Department, Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, Better Bystanders.

7PM:Speakers, followed by the walk into town.

Survivor Speakers Include:

This list will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

Ariana profile image dressed in graduation attire

Ariana Brown

Brooks profile image against black background.

Brooks Funke

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Celestia Hathhorn

Kelly against wood grain textured wall.

Kelly Sundberg

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Leigh Plucinsky.

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Claudia Cisneros

Performances include:

This list will be updated as performances are confirmed.

Esther Aulis-Cabrera and Domonique Cudjo.

From left to right, Madison McGuire, Mya Contillo, and Maria Steinberg are current members of the dance organization OU Vibrations.

From left to right, Madison McGuire, Mya Contillo, and Maria Steinberg are current members of the dance organization OU Vibrations. The three are sophomores at Ohio University studying Engineering, Education, and Psychology/Criminology. Together they have over 40 years of dance experience, but just began dancing together this year with their organization. They all share a passion for standing up against sexual assault. They will be performing a lyrical piece to “’Til It Happens To You” and are excited to be a part of Take Back The Night. They would also like to thank everyone for allowing them to perform and are inspired by those who continue to speak out.


Sexual Violence Prevention


Throughout the year, staff at the Women's Center works with colleagues, students, and community members on issues of sexual violence prevention. Events to date have included a viewing of The Monument Quilt that filled Peden Stadium, the What Were You Wearing exhibit, film showings that deal with sexual violence in a multitude of ways (such as the documentary The Trials of Spring which showed how sexual violence is used to silence women as political dissenters, or Pens to Pictures' short film on incest and sexual abuse entitled The Devastating Game), and presentations that help us understand sexual violence and/or prevention efforts (such as Identifying Rape Culture and How to Respond, Emily Yates' presentation on disability, or The Handmaid's Tale). We also work to provide programs that improve self-confidence and leadership in women as part of a broader culture change about women's roles in society. In short, we host a number of events that address sexual violence and are created to support survivors. We encourage you to attend events throughout the year, listed on our calendar page, in addition to joining us for Take Back the Night. It is all of our responsibilities to end sexual violence, every day of the year. If you want to get involved in programming, or would like information about receiving an exemption from mandatory reporting, please visit the Presidential Advisory Council to End Sexual Misconduct website. Many of our large scale events include collaborations with the Campus Involvement Center, the Survivor Advocacy Program, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Please connect with them for other ways to get involved and/or for support!

Women's Center staff is required by law to report cases of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and domestic violence to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. This applies to all of our events as well, unless it is specifically noted that an event or program has received a mandatory reporting exemption. Information about reporting is available through the ECRC website. They also provide information about confidential resources.

Take Back the Night marchers in Athens (2018).