A series of events designed to advocate for the right of individuals to feel safe from violence will be held throughout the day on Thursday, April 15, at the Community College of Aurora. Take Back the Night is recognized as a national movement to promote safety from violence.
Included in the day’s offerings will be a presentation by a detective from the Aurora Police Department’s sexual assault unit, a rape awareness program, two self-defense workshops, a 2:30 p.m. presentation on “Gender, Equality, and Inequality in Cross-Cultural Perspectives” by Dr. Sara Jamieson, and a 4:30 p.m. keynote address by Erin Jemison, interim executive director of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Additionally, two “open mic” sessions will be held concurrently at 5 p.m., one for men, one for women, and a 6 p.m. rally will be held to “celebrate, empower, and remember through music, readings, and drumming,” according to organizers. Excerpts from the Vagina Monologues will be read (mature content and language) at the rally. All events are free and open to the public and will be held at the college’s CentreTech campus, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora.
Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated. Take Back the Night events occur throughout the year on campuses and in communities around the globe.