The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will be hosting their fifth annual Take Back the Night on April 11.
Take Back the Night promotes sexual assault awareness and is sponsored by Safer and the Office of Compliance and Conduct. The event will be held in Cantrell Banquet Hall and begins at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Anne Munch. Munch is an attorney and advocate for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.
Title IX director, Tabitha Smith, says “normally we do a welcome, we give the history, have a student talk, we have a keynote speaker.” After the keynote address, there will be a march where students are encouraged to chant and organizations are allowed to make posters to march with the day before.
After the march, a candlelight vigil is held. Smith says, “it’s really moving. The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office gives us a list of all of the victims in Virginia that have died due to domestic violence, so play their names.”
She says that the service that comes out of this night is Cav’s Care Kits, which will be given to children that come into the Southwest Virginia Children’s Advocacy Center. The advocacy center is centered on helping children who are victims of domestic violence by assisting Social Services with placement for the children, and providing counseling.
Smith says, “They gave us a list of what kids coming into the center need.” These items, include, toothbrushes, washcloths, soap, journals and stuffed animals. Some kids are taken out of their homes, and these Care Kits will be the first personal items they receive.
The event is open to any UVa-Wise student, and is a good opportunity to bring a light to sexual assault awareness.