The UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center is getting ready to host its yearly Take Back the Night occasion on Oct. 5-10.
Take Back the Night– held each October to accompany Domestic Violence Awareness Month– is an empowering event to honor the victims of domestic, sexual, dating and gender violence. The unifying style throughout these diverse subjects is the assertion that all humans have the right to be devoid of violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are broken.
For the very first time in its 22-year history, UNLV has actually broadened its occasion from one to 6 days in an effort to provide much more opportunities to speak up against violence, remember victims, support survivors, celebrate recuperation, and make the UNLV school and Las Vegas neighborhood a much safer location.
This year’s activity lineup supports a national push in current years to mark out violence by drawing in fraternities, professional athletes and other young people as allies. Activities consist of free self-defense classes; a panel conversation where students can ask questions; a social media and “use purple” project; and spectator intervention training on behalf of Green Dot, which recently took part in a soon-to-be-aired CNN news segment filmed partly at UNLV.
Want to join the conversation? Check out a couple of highlighted activities listed below. All events are totally free and open to the general public. Find more details and the full calendar of events right here.
MONDAY, OCT. 5
The Hunting Ground documentary screening. 6-8:30 p.m., Student Union Theater
Hunting Ground– an exposé on sexual assaults on United States college campuses, institutional whitewashes and the social toll on victims and their households– premiered in January at the Sundance Movie Festival prior to debuting in theaters on restricted release. The 90-minute movie follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice in the face of retaliation, harassment and pushback.
The screening, shown in collaboration with UNLV’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), will be followed by a panel discussion showcasing: Derric Carter, UNLV Center for Social Justice; Det. Paul Velez, UNLV Cops; Barrett Morris, UNLV director of compliance; Jen Pierrot, president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority and the UNLV NPHC; Jordan McConnell, president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity; and Andrea Parashos, UNLV CAREadvocate.
TUESDAY, OCT. 6
Students with UNLV’s William S. Boyd School of Law are partnering for the third year with the Women’s Center on a mock trial, which gives audience members– who function as the jury– insight into the sex attack problem process. Past mock trials focused on a heterosexual lady and a same-sex couple; this year’s fictional case will certainly concentrate on a deaf student to highlight the barriers disabled students may face in the legal system.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7
Survivor Speak Out. 5 p.m., Pida Plaza
UNLV’s Social Work Club and Marital relationship & & Household Treatment Honor’s Society lead an open forum for those touched by sex assault to share survivorship stories in a program of unity, cathartic release, and empowerment. Event begins with a balloon release with written messages of forgiveness, strength, quotes and more attached. To be followed by a candlelight vigil and recovery circle.
NOTE: Media are asked to respect survivors’ privacy by avoiding filming faces without approval.
THURSDAY, OCT. 8
Reclaim The Night March. 5 – 5:30 p.m., Student Union courtyard
The march is UNLV’s Take Back the Night signature event. It follows a resource fair from 1-5 p.m. in the same location including neighborhood and campus info booths, interactive activities such as poster- and survivor bracelet-making stations, free gifts, a show featuring nationally understood spoken word artists and student entertainers, and addresses by university authorities.
The school band will certainly kick off the march by students and personnel around school while they shout inspiring messages and hold a banner, radiance sticks, and a purple paper chain bearing messages from survivors and supporters.