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Take Back the Night 2018: Disrupting the Prototype
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00pm

The Women's Resource Center invites you to join us for Take Back the Night 2018! Take Back the Night is an annual event hosted by the Women's Resource Center during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. All students, faculty, staff, and community members of all genders are welcome to attend!

This year’s Take Back the Night theme is “Disrupting the Prototype: Who Gets Believed as Survivors," as we work to be in conversation with questions such as: Who is historically the face of the movement? Who gets criminalized? Who is believed as survivors? and further more how does this impact access. 

Just as Dandelions find life through the cracks in the pavement, this year’s theme centers the voices at the root who continue to regrow, restore, and reimagine amidst conditions that weren't made for survival. We are addressing the unwavering presence of our communities pushing through the cracks in the pavement, nourishing and growing with community made resources. 

***Dandelions are often seen as a weed, however are a flower used for food, teas, medicine, and healing for/by communities for thousands of years. 

Pleased to bring you:
*Peformances by PSU Students
*Poetry and Spoken Word
*Local Artist Marketplace
*Keynote Panel of speakers doing Sexual and Relationship Violence Work in the community. 

Context:

What is Take Back the Night?

Take Back the Night is an annual event hosted by the Women's Resource Center since 1999. Each year, Take Back the Night centers the voices of survivors across campus and in the larger Portland community. Historically, Take Back the Night is an event and movement that originated in 1973 in San Francisco protesting the serial murders and violence against women of color in Los Angeles. Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms through providing space for awareness, community, and action. 

Why is this important?

According to most recent campus climate survey, it indicated that 1 in 7 undergraduate students reported gender based violence during their time at PSU. At the Women's Resource Center, we serve students of all genders experiencing Interpersonal Violence such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and/or stalking by providing confidential advocacy. We acknowledge that these forms of violence are happening at higher rates than reported.

The work in ending gender based violence in all it's forms is possible, important, and requires us all to be part of it. Sexual violence and gender based violence is a learned behavior that is rooted in rape culture, toxic masculinity, and white supremacy. 

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For any questions or follow-up, please feel free to email wrc@pdx.edu