Ohio University

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night heading with a lampost shining on bricks and an Athens skyline.

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

Take Back the Night marchers in Athens, Ohio 2018

6PM: Visit exhibits and resources

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

To request an ASL interpreter or other accommodation to attend this event, please contact the Women's Center at womenscenter@ohio.edu no later than March 26, 2019.

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.

The Take Back the Night march will follow a route with accessible sidewalks.

*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.

People gather to view the Monument Quilt in Peden StadiumSexual Violence Prevention

The Monument Quilt on display at Peden Stadium, spelling out "Not Alone" and featuring over 2,000 quilt squares.

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 disabilityThe Handmaid's Tale or healthy masculinity). 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.

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.