The University of Findlay will host a “Take Back the Night” event at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Alumni Memorial Union, 164 Frazer St.
“Take Back the Night” seeks to end sexual violence in all of its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence and domestic violence. “Take Back the Night” empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in everyone. The goal is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness and initiatives.
The day will begin with a clothesline project from noon to 5 p.m. This is an opportunity for individuals to decorate a T-shirt in honor of someone who has been a victim of some form of abuse or assault. Silent witnesses will be present during this event. These are cutouts of actual victims that have their stories typed on them for others to read.
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be tables set up in the Almuni Memorial Union multipurpose room for agencies to present and distribute information. Agencies invited to attend include Damsel in Defense, Century Health, Family Resource Center, Crime Victim Services, Human Trafficking Coalition, Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services and the university’s counseling services. There will also be a table for people to donate unused/unopened cleaning/hygiene products that will be given to domestic violence shelters around the area.
A talk by motivational speaker Mike Pistorino will begin at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Pistorino, sexual assault survivor and advocate, will talk about his story and how he has become the advocate and motivational speaker. He has spoken all over the United States and in Canada. Prior to his talk, co-sponsors Phi Alpha, Phi Sigma Sigma and the Social Work Club will read the stories of the silent witnesses and light a candle in their honor. A time for discussion and others to share their personal stories will follow.
The night will conclude about 8 p.m. with a march around campus with signs, glow sticks and balloon popping.
All of the events are free to students with a UF ID and open to the public for $1 or a donation of an unused/unopened cleaning/hygiene product.