"Take Back The Night" tackles sexual assault issue

A recent rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, gained worldwide attention, once again shedding a light on the traumatizing crime of sexual assault. Yet the harsh reality is that one in six women in the United States are assaulted – one in four in Colorado.

“Take Back the Night” is an international organization focused on the prevention, education and awareness of these traumatizing crimes. Thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored annual events around the globe to call attention to this important issue.

Community College of Aurora’s Psychology Department, in conjunction with Student Life, will mark “Take Back the Night” for the fifth consecutive year April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on its CentreTech campus. The day will feature a series of demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and open-microphone sessions that promote the safety and empowerment of all people, regardless of sex, gender, identity, or orientation.

The event is free and open to the public.

Kimba Langas, co-founder of Free the Girls, which provides jobs and income for women rescued in sex trafficking across the globe, will be the keynote speaker. CCA will be collecting bras along with optional $1 donations in concert with the local non-profit.

Other presenters include Det. John Wilton and director of victim’s advocacy Carole O’Shea of the Aurora Police Department sex crimes unit, John Nelson of Rape Assistance and Awareness Program (RAAP), and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

There also will be two self-defense demonstrations, led by Chris Turnquist of the Parker Academy of Martial Arts.

“The United States is considered a rape-prone society and has one of the highest rates of rape among all industrialized nations,” said Jennifer Dale, CCA Psychology faculty and organizer of the college’s “Take Back the Night” event. “This day of free expression encourages members of the CCA and greater Aurora communities to come together and demand an end to sexual assault and violence.”

A complete schedule of CCA’s April 18 activities can be found below.. All events will be held at the Student Centre Rotunda, unless noted.

9:30 a.m. - Detective Wilton and VA Director O’Shea, Aurora PD Sex Crimes
10:30 a.m. - SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner
11:30 a.m. - Self defense: Turnquist (Parker Academy of Martial Arts)*
12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Model United Nations Resolution display
1:30 p.m. - Self defense: Turnquist (Parker Academy of Martial Arts)*
2:30 p.m. - Nelson – RAAP (Rape Assistance and Awareness Program)
3:30 p.m. - Human Sexuality and Psychology of Gender Poster Exhibit
4:00 p.m. - Open Mic
Female - Led by Dale (Outside Student Centre, weather permitting)
Male - Led by CCA faculty Bobby Pace, Chris Tombari
5:00 p.m. - Dinner
5:30 p.m. - Keynote speaker: Langas – Free the Girls co-founder*
6:30 p.m. - Episodic play: “Vagina Monologues”*

* -- Indicates mature content and language

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