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Justice & Security Cluster


This project involves hosting a Take Back the Night event at Plymouth State University. Take Back the Night is a nationally recognized movement aimed to combat sexual assault and domestic violence. Because April marks Sexual Assault Awareness month, and sexual assault on college campuses is a nationally-recognized issue that our campus has fought hard to address, several student organizations, including the Criminal Justice Organization, SAVE All and Safewalk will be working together to host this first annual Take Back the Night event on April 26th from 6:00-9:00pm. Partnering with internal partners including PSU’s Title IX Office and the University Police Department, and external partners, including Voices Against Violence, this event will begin with a rally, which will include performances by PSU a capella groups Vocal Order and Mixed Emotions as well as speakers Janette Wiggett (PSU Title IX Office), Mark Fischler (PSU Interim Vice President of Student Affairs), and a sexual assault survivor working with Voices Against Violence. Following the rally, participants will walk with campus police along a prescribed route, pointing out areas in which students feel unsafe, and symbolically “taking back” or reclaiming that space as theirs. University Police will discuss safety features on campus and the availability of police escorts, etc. The event will end with a reading by the PSU Poets and Writers group and a candlelight vigil (featuring flameless candles) in which a banner will be unveiled. This banner is meant to be a visual representation of the extent to which members of our community have been impacted by sexual violence, and will be completed by the student organizations earlier in the week, in preparation for the event.


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