For the first time since 2010, students will march for sexual violence awareness as a part of “Take Back the Night.”
The march will begin with poster-making on the SUB Patio on Friday, April 14 at 6 p.m. and will end at the amphitheater around 8:00 p.m., where survivors of sexual violence will share their stories. According to Kim Camacho, the violence prevention and support coordinator at the Gender Equity Center, the event is a powerful way to give survivors a voice.
“A big part about what “Take Back the Night” encompasses is breaking the silence,” Camacho said. “Whether it’s about sexual assault, sexual violence or child sexual abuse, it’s all about allowing them to be heard and seen. ”
The event is part of a global organization by the same name, dating back to 1973, when people publicly protested pornography in San Fransisco. Through the years, ‘Take Back the Night’ spread to the rest of the country. In 2010, the event was put on the back-burner due to numerous factors. According to Katie Hamilton, a peer educator for the Gender Equity Center, this year the event will have different kinds of resources for people to learn more about sexual violence.
“We’re going to have music playing, and a lot of resource tables and activities like poster making,” Hamilton said. “Whether we know it or not, we all know someone who has been impacted by sexual violence. It’s just that common.”
Students who would like to learn more about sexual violence are encouraged to attend the event. According to Camacho, a big part of being an ally—someone who supports survivors of sexual violence-—is being active.
“The focus of our event is to be empowering to our survivors and to empower our allies,” Camacho said. “(Allies) may know someone or not know someone who has been impacted, but they want to somehow get involved and be that shoulder to cry on.“
According to Camacho, an ally and an advocate are both terms used by the Gender Equity Center, but an advocate isn’t quite the same as an ally.
“An advocate is a little different,” Camacho said. “An advocate is someone who actually does the work. It’s a large part of their life.”
The decision to hold Boise State’s event outside this year was made in order to generate turnout from passers by. Despite cold temperatures, t event will continue at its scheduled time.To stay updated with any changes, students can check out the event on Facebook or visit “Take Back the Night”’s website for more information.