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Save the Date: April 4-5, 2018

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.

April 4th, 3:30PM-7:15PM - Please join us for a series of co-occurring workshops as a formal educational complement to the march on April 5th. For details of the program for the day, please click here. All workshops will occur in Baker Center at Ohio University in the 2nd floor conference rooms (Baker 237, 239, 230, and 233). Workshop topics include "Know Your Movement: History of Take Back the Night", "Privilege and Oppression: Contributing Factors to Sexual Violence", "Identifying Rape Culture & How to Respond", "#MeToo and Women of Color who Paved the Way", "Helping Friends, Family, and Neighbors: What to do if you suspect", "Talking with Children about Bodies and Boundaries", and a panel of survivors on the "Diversity of Survivor Experiences."

Photo of Tim MousseauApril 4th, 7:30PM, Walter Rotunda - Please join us for Tim Mousseau's keynote entitled “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation.” 

It only took one letter to redefine Tim’s life forever. With a photograph and a few accompanying words, Tim was faced with the evidence of an experience he had no memory of – he discovered he was a victim of sexual assault. Not only did he have to come to grips with this new reality, but he also had to face the nightmare of being stalked and blackmailed. The next two years of his life were a struggle of mixed emotions and coping mechanisms, but over time he came to realize something—this was his story to tell, and by telling it, he could take ownership of it.

In this keynote, Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the delicate topic of sexual assault drawing from his experiences and countless interactions with others in support groups. Why is an underlying culture of shame implicit, and how can it be stopped?

April 4th: After the Keynote* - The annual name burning ceremony for survivors will be held after the keynote speaker. For location, please contact:

April 5th, 6:30PM-9:00PM, beginning in Baker Ballroom* - Join us for the annual march in Athens to end sexual and domestic violence. The tentative schedule includes:

6:30PM: Resource Tables and viewing of art displays (including submissions to The Monument Quilt)

7:00PM: Survivor Speakers and Allies. Speakers include:

  • Ebonee Hayward (student in Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Lee Spellman (MA Candidate in English)
  • Pastor MarQuelle Phillips (survivor of date rape, physical and mental abuse, neglect, generational poverty, foster care, and group homes)
  • Kim Castor (Director, Survivor Advocacy Program)
  • Becky Filar (Director of Community Justice, Athens County Prosecutor's Office)
  • Habiba Mohamed (Graduate student in Communication and Development)
  • Tim Mousseau
  • Undergraduate survivor of sexual assault


8:00PM: March begins from Baker Center Ballroom

*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


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, film showings that deal with sexual violence in a multitude of ways (such as the documentary The Trials of Springwhich 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 The 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.




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