Informational: Community Invitation to Take Back the Night

Community members,

This coming Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 pm, students, staff and faculty members will gather to participate in a meaningful and important campus event, the Take Back the Night (TBTN) March Against Sexual Violence.

TBTN is a student-run, candle-lit march to raise awareness about sexual violence. Co-sponsored by the FMLA, STAR, and the RCC (Rape Crisis Center) student organizations, TBTN serves as a safe space for members of the Brandeis community to come together and share their and other's stories, and to support those who have encountered sexual violence in their lives or in those close to them. Throughout the event, participants call out together for an end to sexual violence, and to promote change in our culture.

Members of our community that wish to participate in the march are invited to gather on the Rabb steps by 7:00 pm, although you are all welcome to join the march at any point. All are also welcome to respectfully observe or participate in any of the stops the March will make throughout campus in the course of the evening. Although we encourage any members of our community to participate, we recognize that TBTN is very emotional. We ask that community members be aware of possible triggers at the event, and offer support and respect as well to those who choose not to attend.

Only a few years ago, our Brandeis TBTN event was blemished by individuals shouting at participants. Whether out of ignorance or maliciousness, such behavior is inconsistent with our values, and a potential violation of our conduct standards. We will make every attempt to respond to any actions that disrupt or interfere with this sensitive and important student-run event.

While the march portion of the event is public, given the sensitivity of the subject matter, we respectfully ask our community to not make recordings or take pictures. Organizers have confirmed that on-campus publications will not be recording the march. If anyone chooses to share a story during the public portion of the event, they have the option of making a statement that they can be quoted.

The march will conclude on the great lawn in front of the Shapiro Student Center. Immediately after the march, we will hold a private meeting in the admissions presentation room for any students who have been impacted by sexual violence, or who want to further support survivors. Counselors will be available during this time for sharing, reflection, comfort, and further discussion.

TBTN serves as a vital link in breaking the silence around sexual violence, and our deep thanks and appreciation to all of the students involved in maintaining Take Back the Night as a Brandeis campus tradition. If you would like more information regarding the event, please email fmlasocial@gmail.com or refer to the website https://takebackthenight.org/ of Take Back the Night.

Sincerely,

Student Organizers of Take Back the Night
Andrew Flagel, Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment
Jamele Adams, Dean of Students
Sheryl Sousa, Vice President for Student Affairs
Sheila McMahon, Director, Sexual Assault Services and Prevention

If you have any questions or concerns there are several resources available on campus including:
Students Talking About Relationships (STAR) (starbrandeis@gmail.com)
Queer Resource Center (QRC) (https://sites.google.com/site/qrcbrandeis/home)
Student Sexuality Information Service (SSIS) (http://people.brandeis.edu/~ssis/Site/index.html)
Brandeis Counseling and Rape Crisis Hotline (BCRCH/6Talk) (781-736-8255)
Brandeis Counseling Center (781- 736-3730)
Rape Crisis Center (http://www.brandeis.edu/rcc/)
Sheila McMahon, Director, Sexual Assault Services and Prevention (781-736-3626)