If you go
What: Take Back The Night events
When: FRCC: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday CU Boulder:7 to 9 p.m. April 25
Where: FRCC: Boulder County Campus, 2190 Miller Drive, Longmont CU Boulder: UMC South Terrace, 1669 Euclid Ave. Boulder
More info: FRCC: Visit blog.frontrange.edu CU Boulder: Visit calendar.colorado.edu
About one-quarter of college women and 15% of college men in the United States are victims of non-consensual sex, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics.
Local college organizations are hosting “Take Back The Night” and other events to raise awareness throughout April, which is sexual assault awareness month.
Front Range Community College is hosting a Take Back The Night event on Thursday that will include several invited speakers, as well as time for survivors to share their stories.
Those who attend can make T-shirts, take part in social media campaigns and make pledges on the issue, according to the college’s website. The night will end with a candlelight vigil for those affected by sexual and domestic violence.
“When people are informed about how prevalent sexual violence is, it helps us to support each other and find ways to end the problem,” the website states.
At CU Boulder, the Phi Chapter of Sigma Psi Zeta and the Expel Abusers Campaign are hosting a Take Back The Night event on April 25. The event will include a march around campus, guest speakers and a candlelight vigil.
“Our national philanthropy is to combat violence against women,” the Facebook posting about the event states.
The march is intended to “break the silence around sexual and domestic violence,” the post states.
CU Boulder groups are hosting several related events throughout the month, including:
• CU Boulder Gender Justice League Denim Days Tuesday and Wednesday
• National and Colorado Denim Day on April 24
• Consent Carnival, hosted by the Residence Hall Association, on April 25
• Women’s drive through April 25, to collect donations for The Gathering Place in Denver
• I He-art Contest through April 24, in which students can submit posters expressing how they value consent and win prizes
• Office of Victim Assistance staff are speaking at the Safe Shelter Symposium on Domestic Violence April 22 and 23
The movement that led to annual Take Back the Night events began in the 1970s as women began to garner media attention for talking about sexual violence, according to the Take Back The Night Foundation website. Since then, the movement gained momentum and spread to college campuses to raise awareness.
The Boulder Police Department reported 128 rapes and sexual assaults in 2018 and the Longmont Police Department reported 99 forcible rapes in 2017, according to the cities’ websites.
A sexual misconduct survey administer by the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015 found that 28% of female undergraduates reported being sexual assaulted while in college.
Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, [email protected]