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Take Back the Night 2012

Release date: March 20, 2012

Take Back the Night comes to Goucher College to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence and offer survivors a place to be safe, speak out, and be heard.

Tuesday, March 20

Self-Defense Workshop

9 p.m., Heubeck Multipurpose Room

Male and female students are invited to attend a self-defense workshop to learn how to fend off an attacker. The class will be taught by Annie Cutchen '14, a self-defense instructor and organizer of Goucher's mixed martial arts club. The class is appropriate for all fitness levels, but participants should wear comfortable clothing.  


Clothesline Project

10 p.m., Heubeck Multipurpose Room

Goucher community members can contribute to the Clothesline Project, which allows those who have been targeted by sexual violence and those who oppose sexual violence to decorate and/or write their stories on a T-shirt that will be hung on a public clothesline. The exhibit will be displayed in the Residential Quad and along the outside of Van Meter Hall during the week of March 19. In the case of rain, the shirts will be exhibited in Pearlstone Atrium.


Thursday, March 22


8 p.m., Pearlstone Atrium

Take Back the Night will officially open with a performance by the Reverend's Rebels, Goucher's female a cappella group. Guest speakers Lisa Barken and Phil Jacobs, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, will speak on behalf of the Shofar Coalition, an organization that aims to prevent the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect of children and to aid adults, adolescents, and children who are suffering from the impact of traumatic experiences.


Community Speak-Out

8:30 p.m., Pearlstone Atrium

Take Back the Night will continue with an open forum for students and other members of the Goucher community who have been affected by sexual violence to share their stories. Those who wish to speak out are encouraged to do so; volunteers will also be on hand to read aloud personal accounts that are shared in writing.


March to End Violence

9:30 p.m., Through the Residential Quad

Participants will assemble in the Pearlstone Atrium for a symbolic march through the residential area of campus, highlighting everyone's right to live, study, work, and socialize without fear of sexual assault or harassment. 


Healing Service

10 p.m., Haebler Chapel 

The march will conclude at Haebler Memorial Chapel, where there will be a healing service with readings, reflection, song, and silence. Survivors, their supporters, and all those affected by sexual violence are welcome.


* Peer Listeners also will be available nightly until 2 a.m. at 443-632-7799.

Take Back the Night is sponsored by Student Health and Counseling, the Dean of Students Office, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Office of Student Engagement, the Office of Public Safety, the Student Government Association, PRISM, Hillel, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Green Dot, Goucher College Peer Listeners, Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women (CHANA), and the Shofar Coalition.

For more information, contact Zachary Kohn at zachary.kohn@mail.goucher.edu.