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“Take Back The Night” On Oct. 16

Published: October 15, 2013

Survivors of sexual assault will speak out and “Take Back the Night” at CSULB on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of a rally advocating against sexual assault and for a safer campus.

“Take Back the Night” will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on CSULB’s Maxson Plaza before moving to the campus’ Soroptomist House for the speak out, which will begin at 7 p.m. Among those scheduled to speak is assembly member Bonnie Lowenthal, who represents California’s 70th State Assembly district and is a former member on the Long Beach City Council.

Following the rally, a 20-minute peaceful march to the speak out will take place along a designated route with marchers holding signs, posters, etc. “Take Back the Night” will also feature an appearance by InterAct, the nationally renowned social justice performance troupe based out of CSULB.

The event is being held in accordance with the international Take Back the Night Foundation and is a way to bring the campus community together to “advocate for the elimination of sexual assault, violent relationships and stalking on and off campus,” said Jennifer Jenkins, the Associated Students Inc. (ASI) secretary for women’s affairs.

The speak out will provide a safe environment for survivors of sexual assault to openly speak and have their stories heard in order to raise awareness during October, which happens to be Domestic violence Awareness Month.

The event is sponsored by The Feminist Organization Reclaiming Consciousness and Equality (F.O.R.C.E.), ASI and the Women’s Resource Center at CSULB.

For additional information, contact Rick Gloady in the CSULB Public Affairs office at 562/985-5454. On the day of the event, contact Jenkins at 949/940-5750 (cell).