During Buffalo State’s annual ‘Take Back the Night” event on Tuesday, students and staff will also take a look back at how sexual assault prevention efforts have changed over the last ten years.
Tuesday will be the college’s 39th TBTN event, and the theme is “A Decade of Sexual Assault Awareness: Past. Present. Future”.
The event is organized by the students of the Weigel Health Promotion department.
It’s an opportunity for survivors of sexual assault and people who want to support them to talk about or share their experiences, Paula Madrigal, assistant director for prevention and health promotion for the campus’ Weigel Wellness Center said.
“People who have been through this experience feel very alone,” Madrigal said. “There are so many people who don’t come forward.”
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Take Back the Night is a national event, sometimes commemorated with a march or open mic event .
The event at Buffalo State incorporates artistic expressions to promote sexual assault awareness.
“The students who organize and lead this event take a more artistic way of sharing- sometimes it’s a dance, sometimes, a song or poem, or spoken word,” Madrigal said.
The event is open to the public.
“It’s a beautiful way to see the community come together on a cause, on an issue we don’t talk enough about,” Madrigal said.
Take Back the Night at Buffalo State sponsored by the Weigel Wellness Center, the Equity and Campus Diversity Office, the Dean of Students Office, and United Students Government.
The free event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall.
A reception will be held after the program.
“We want to encourage people to talk during the reception,” Madrigal said.
Crisis Services and school counselors will be on hand during the event.