University of Findlay’s “Take Back the Night” Event Returns for Another Year
University of Findlay’s Phi Alpha National Honor Society is set to host its annual “Take Back the Night” event on April 19, 2023, from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room on University of Findlay’s campus. The event aims to raise awareness about sexual violence and promote a safe and supportive community. The event is free and open to everyone.
The event will feature a variety of guest speakers, including Lauren Sinchok from Open Arms and the “I am somebody” podcast, who will be partnering with FOCUS: Recovery and Wellness Community, LGBTQ+ Spectrum of Findlay, and NAMI Hancock County.
“We hope those who attend this event recognize that they have a voice to stand against sexual violence and that there is a community around them to support them. We also hope that there is a better understanding about the resources in our community to assist those who may be experiencing or have experienced sexual violence,” says Cameron Green, senior social work major.
Students are strongly encouraged to come and participate. The “Take Back the Night” event is an opportunity for students to share their stories and obtain resources for themselves or people that they may know. “It is no surprise that this event carries a lot of emotional weight and pain with it, but you can expect a sense of community and support. We are there for those who need it. We will have a speaker from Open Arms, an open mic for individuals to tell their story, a march through campus, and a plate smashing at the very end of the event,” adds Green.
The event is expected to draw attendees from local agencies in Hancock County as well as members of the University community. “Take Back the Night” provides an opportunity for everyone to come together and stand up against sexual violence.