Lady Jayhawks Women of Worth take back the night

Lady Jayhawks Women of Worth take back the night

Article from the Jamestown Post Journal (http://www.post-journal.com/news/page-one/2017/04/take-back-the-night-shines-light-on-sexual-violence/) by Katrina Fuller

"No more, no more, no more," became the mantra of the crowds at the Take Back The Night event on Thursday evening.

Several community members, Jamestown Community College students and others gathered to march at the Northwest Arena to bring awareness about sexual violence. Kayla Crosby, JCC director of campus life, said this is the first time they have held the event. The college partnered with the Salvation Army Anew Center, the Jamestown AAUW and Project Crossroads for the event.

"We've been working a lot with the Salvation Army Anew Center, so we were trying to think of new events to get students involved and really do some promotion on campus," Crosby said. "We have a new club at JCC called the Empower Me! club, and so they've taken over a lot of the programming that I previously planned with the AAUW. They really stepped up, and when we first presented them the idea of this 'Take Back The Night Event,' they were really interested in it."

The students came up with the idea to bring the event downtown to the ice arena to get more people involved, she said.

"It's very exciting and we have great support," Crosby said. "The athletics department came down, our student senate and some different clubs. Also, we have some police here and representatives from the Anew center."

She said the event has been empowering for the students and has allowed them to put a "voice" to the experiences and situations they have been through.

"The biggest thing is to try to empower the students and show them the resources available at JCC and the local community," Crosby said. "I think it's non-threatening events like this that help build that connection."

After a march held on the indoor track, the survivors of sexual violence were able to hold a speak-out in which they shared their stories.

One young woman shared her experience in the form of a poem.

"… On the night that it happened, your body went limp as if the stare from his eyes alone was enough to paralyze you," she said. "You forgot what your own voice sounded like or that you even had one at all. You swallowed your entire language down with the sound of his voice telling you 'It'll be OK … I don't even have to undress you,' in a tone that insinuated that he had done this before."

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. The majority of sexual assault victims are under the age of 30, and one out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.

For more information on the Salvation Army Anew Center, call the hotline at 1-800-252-9748 or 661-3897.

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