Awareness to end Sexual Violence.
According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) women ages 18-24 who are enrolled in college are 3 times more likely than women in general to suffer from sexual violence.
In 1999, Take Back the Night (TBNT) was established in Texas A&M University-Kingsville through the then called Women’s Center to bring social justice issues to TAMUK students on campus. Throughout the years, TBNT was soon held through the Women’s Retreat by the Student Health & Wellness Center (SHW) until 2012 when students asked to separate the events. Soon after, organizations teamed up with the SHW leading up to the 5th annual TBNT held Apr. 13. from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Memorial Student Union Building 219A.
RAINN states that males ages 18-24 who are enrolled in college are approximately 5 times more likely than males in general to suffer from sexual violence.
Take Back the Night started with a welcome and a brief history by Jo Elda Castillo-Alaniz, Director at SHW. Followed by a light vigil and moment of silence where approximately 40 attendees raised a glow stick provided by the SHW. Candles are not allowed to be lit inside TAMUK buildings. “Since most attacks happen at night, Take Back the Night means for the survivors to take back that night,” said Castillo-Alaniz. Afterwards, male students John Angulo, David Barrera, Faustino Limon, and Gabe Lugo recited a men’s pledge. “This is for my future daughter, my sisters, my mother and for your future daughters, your sisters, and your mother,” said Barrera, the Student Government Association President.
After a meal was served by Aramark, open mic was free for anyone wishing to speak about their own experiences or support for others. The night ended with activities and information of contacts of the nearby supportive facilities.
The Student Health & Wellness Center, the Women’s Shelter, and University Police Department were present to give a speech are available throughout the year to those in need. The SHW provides personal, academic, and career counseling and more. Contact SHW at: 361-593-3991.
For those uncomfortable walking in for counseling services on campus, the Women’s Shelter has counseling services available. Contact the Women’s Shelter at: 1-800-580-4878.
UPD hosts a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program for more information or if you need immediate assistance call: 361-593-2611.