On April 6, 2021, the Women’s Center hosted a virtual Take Back the Night event to honor the strength, courage and resiliency of the NC State activists, advocates and survivors who work to create a stronger and safer campus community.
The event, broadcast via YouTube Premiere, included a virtual rally from 6 to 7:30 p.m. featuring Alexius Pearson, an interpersonal violence response coordinator with the Women’s Center, Tashana Flewellin, president of The Movement Peer Educators, and Juniper Nie, vice president of The Movement. Following the virtual rally, participants had the option to attend a private virtual speakout.
The broadcast featured a short documentary made in 2020 by Samantha Aamot, a graduate student in public history, about the event’s long tradition at NC State, in the U.S., and around the world. The film features archival photographs and footage tracing the history of the event on campus. Aamot also created a web-based digital story map that accompanies the film.
Event coordinator Carlyn Wright-Eakes, IPV prevention education coordinator in the Women’s Center, provided a series of “Tips from the Survivor Toolkit” that conveyed words of affirmation and support for survivors in the virtual audience.
Recorded remarks from Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Sheri Schwab rounded out the program.
In its 34th year on campus, Take Back the Night is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the Women’s Center. For additional Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, see go.ncsu.edu/SAAM and What Is Denim Day, Where Did It Start?
View the Virtual Event
The entire Take Back the Night broadcast is available on the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity YouTube channel at go.ncsu.edu/tbtn-2021.