Oct. 7, 2011
Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284
Ohio State Lima hosts Take Back the Night
The Office of Institutional Diversity at Ohio State Lima hosts Take Back the Night from 6-8 p.m., Thur., Oct. 13, 2011. The event, which brings awareness to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on college campuses, begins in the Martha W. Farmer Theatre for the Performing Arts and continues at various locations around campus.
Domestic violence is an issue that college campuses take seriously. Recent studies show that nearly half of dating college women report having experienced violent or abusive dating behaviors, and nearly one-quarter report actual physical abuse, sexual abuse or threats of physical violence. Despite these statistics, nearly one-third of college students say they would not know how to get help on campus if they found themselves in an abusive relationship, according to findings released by the Liz Claiborne, Inc.’s Love Is Not Abuse program.
The opening ceremony of Take Back the Night features keynote speaker Gabe Wright, a male survivor of rape and founder of the grassroots organization "The Guy Project." The event proceeds through various stations around campus, each one highlighting an avenue for awareness of violence.
Take Back the Night partners include: Rhodes State College DATE (Diversity Action Training and Experience) Committee, Crossroads Crisis Center, Partnership for Violence Free Families, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), iChoose, Men Choosing Non-Violence, the AIDS Resource Center, Crime Victim Services and the Allen County Rape Coalition.