Note to Reporters: No photography is allowed at the Speak-Out.
WHAT: Take Back the Night, an internationally recognized rally and protest to raise awareness of sexual violence, comes to Fort Collins and the Colorado State University campus.
WHEN: April 28, 6:30-9 p.m.
The annual event will start with a Speak-Out at 6:30 p.m. in the Sutherland Sculpture Garden at the Lory Student Center. No photography is allowed at the Speak-Out.
The Speak-Out will be followed by a march to Old Town for a keynote address by the director of the CSU Women and Gender Collaborative, Cori Wong.
Both the Speak-Out and the Take Back the Night march are free and open to the public.
WHAT: Take Back the Night creates an atmosphere of empowerment while raising awareness about sexual violence. Latest figures show that 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men, and 1 in 2 trans individuals will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes.
“In the Speak-Out, we cultivate a safe environment for victims and survivors to share their experience and emotions in regards to their previous sexual assault,” explained Sasha Nicole Stauffer, president of the CSU Campus Feminist Alliance, which sponsors Take Back the Night.
CSU also sponsors the ongoing REFRAME campaign, intended to help all of us reframe the conversation about interpersonal violence in a way that teaches consent, skills for intervening and how to respond to problematic language and behaviors. CSU also partners with the City of Fort Collins in the national It’s on Us campaign.