Take Back the Night March Set for April 19

Take Back the NightFerris State University’s Student Leadership and Activities Office is leading an effort to “shatter the silence” and “stop the violence” through the annual Take Back the Night event scheduled for Thursday, April 19.

The goal of Take Back the Night is to raise awareness of violence against women, specifically domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking.

“This is a great opportunity to strengthen awareness of sexual assault issues on college campuses and to learn what to do in those situations,” said Allissa Witucki, interim director of Student Leadership and Activities.

The Take Back the Night march begins at 6:30 p.m. in the IRC Connector and continues along State Street to Williams Auditorium, where the keynote presentation will take place at 7 p.m.

The presentation, titled “No Zebras: No Excuses,” will be presented by Steve Thompson, who works with the Sexual Aggression Peer Activities program at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. “No Zebras: No Excuses,” is the first program to focus on bystander mentality, addressing the impact of intervention on situations of sexual aggression. It stresses aggression can no longer be ignored, empowering students to stand up, take a stand and help keep others safe.

“He was selected as the keynote speaker to help students learn about being a bystander, how to take action and to address the impact of intervention,” Witucki said.

On Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, students are invited to stop in the Campus Quad between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to help create “These Hands are not for Hurting” banners. The banners signify a promise on the part of students not to use their hands in a violent manner.

For more information, call the Student Leadership and Activities office at (231) 591-2606.

Last updated: 07-24-2012