Saturday, May 10, 2008

Take Back The Night

Hey guys! I just got back from the first round of Take Back The Night activities at my college. The festivities will continue into tomorrow, and I will be attending everything so I can write an article for the school's newspaper about it.

Plan to hear more about this once the article is written.

Just so everyone knows, Take Back The Night is meant to bring attention to sexual assault and sexual violence, especially on college campuses.


Goose said...

Have fun, It is totally your right to protest/draw attention to what you perceive as an issue. I would be interested to see the whole right-up after. I just hope the rally doesn't paint all men with the broad brush of rapists, molesters, and scumbags. That seems to be a tendency of parts of the feminist movement and drives a lot of people away. I think one of the best thing s a girl can do to prevent that the random rapes is to be friends with some of the good guys who are out there and be able to call them if they want some to walk them home, or just to get the message across to other guys that the girls (I apologize for the stereotype implied here, but it is something that guys see) are protected. Also, I don't know how many schools offer it, but if they don't they should, our campus has a number a girl can call to get an escort from any point on campus back to their dorms after dark.

Amelia said...

Well, the TBTN activities last night included a discussion about sexual assault with both women's and men's groups. They discussed the issue separately and then came back together. And the conversation was very respectful, and heartfelt. We came up against some tough issues, but everyone listened, and everyone got a chance to share.

Not really painting "all men with the broad brush of rapists, molesters, and scumbags," you know, since we included men in the discussion.

And the problem on our campus, is that I think there is a number that girls can call here, too, but I don't know what it is. It was mentioned at the beginning of the school year but hasn't been talked about since.

But why should women have to be afraid of walking home in the dark anyway?