Take Back the Night Rally

April 6, 2007
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

California State University, Bakersfield will be participating in "Take Back the Night," a presentation and rally designed to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault, on April 12 at 6 p.m. in front of the CSUB Student Union as part of a nationwide month of sexual assault awareness.

"Take Back the Night" is designed to recognize the survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and provide a catalyst for social change within the community. Janet Armentor-Cota, a sociology professor at CSUB, feels that "sexual assault and domestic violence are serious and pervasive social problems on university campuses and communities throughout the United States." She and other experts, including campus police officers and representatives from the Alliance Against Family Violence, will be featured speakers at CSUB's "Take Back the Night" rally.

In addition to expert speakers, survivors of sexual violence will share their experiences. The "Clothesline Project," featuring the artwork of sexual assault survivors will also be on display. A candle-lighting ceremony will conclude the event.

"We hope the students and faculty of CSUB can join us to learn more about the problem of sexual assault and listen to those who have taken back their right to live a life without fear of violence," Armentor-Cota said.

For more information on "Take Back the Night" and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please contact Armentor-Cota at (661) 654-2553 or at jarmentor_cota@csub.edu.