Join Northwestern University College Feminists for a week of events to raise awareness, support survivors, and create change with Take Back the Night 2019.
Sunday, April 21st:
Busting Myths: Sex and the “Not-So Grey Area”
Norris Arch Room 2pm-3pm
This workshop put on by MARS will help men and masculine-identified students explore skills for communicating and respecting personal boundaries for healthy sexual experiences. Facilitators will also address what is commonly misperceived as the “grey area of consent” and how a comprehensive understanding of consent and healthy relationships can make sex a safer and more pleasurable experience for all.
Monday, April 22nd:
Healthy LGBTQ+ Relationships
Kresge 2415 7pm-8:30pm
Join College Feminists and Rainbow Alliance for a workshop on building healthy relationships that is by members of the LGBTQ+ community and for members of the LGBTQ+ community. In this workshop, Alyssa Pepio, founder and co-director of the HEART Intiative, will be leading a discussion on how to decide and communicate what you want out of a relationship, how to identify interpersonal violence, and skills for bystanders who may need to intervene in an interpersonal violence situation.
Tuesday, April 23rd:
Sexual Assault in the Black Community
Norris Arch Room 6pm-8pm
For Us, By Us (FUBU) and the Collective are proud to partner with Take Back the Night to present a facilitated dialogue to Northwestern community, introducing and engaging in topics regarding sexual violence in marginalized communities. The goal of this discussion is to highlight the ways in which various factors aid in the marginalization of various communities, and ultimately, how that manifests in acts of physical violence. Please join FUBU and the Collective as we engage in this and discuss ways in which we can support survivors in our various communities.
Wednesday, April 24th:
Screening of the Rape of Recy Taylor
Trienens Forum Kresge 5:30pm-8:00pm
In partnership with College Feminists, CARE, and the MSA, the Women’s Center will be hosting a documentary screening of the Rape of Recy Taylor. When gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, bravely identified her rapists at a time when few women spoke up in fear for their lives. A discussion with Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Kyra Jones, and Alysia Raines will follow.
Thursday, April 25th:
Take Back the Night March and Speakout
The Rock 5:30pm
Show your support for survivors as we march from the Rock down Sheridan to Norris; the March will begin with speaker Alana Farkas. Feel free to bring your own banners and signs. A survivor speakout will follow in the Dittmar Gallery.
Meet at The Rock at 5:30 pm for the start of our march with a survivor speakout at around 6:30 pm in Dittmar Gallery.
Friday, April 26th:
The Women’s Center 10am-3pm
Come to the Women’s Center to relax, renew, and heal after the Take Back the Night March. Throughout the day, there will be many opportunities for individual healing including free food, tea and coffee, calm jars, cross stitch, art materials, and more. There will also be members of the CAPS and CARE staff available throughout the day to provide confidential support.
Saturday, April 27th:
Self Defense Workshop
Kresge 2410 1pm-2pm
To wrap up the week, join Northwestern student Kayla Carter in a workshop about the basics of self-defense. This workshop is ideal for someone who is interested in learning how to defend themselves but just doesn’t know where to start. However, individuals of all skill levels are welcome.