Take Back the Night Scheduled for October 26

October 18, 2011

Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder, experts on sexual assault awareness and prevention and sexual empowerment, will present Are You Ready to Talk About “IT” at the University of Mount Union’s annual Take Back the Night program on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre.
 
According to their website (www.kellyandbecca.com), Are You ready to Talk About “IT” stems from Addington’s experience with sexual assault while in college, it's impact on their lives, the trauma of the resulting pregnancy and the critical role their friendship played in the recovery process. Using their signature three-step model, the duo will teach participants how they can help reduce sexual violence. By using their own personal experiences, expertise and unique ability to relate to individuals, this program will treat both men and women as allies while focusing on the importance of communication, bystander prevention, personal responsibility and supporting survivors. They also will decode the toxic language surrounding sex and offer innovative ways to address alcohol, sex under the influence and date rape drugs.
 
Those who attend the program will:
  • Learn how to define sexual assault, consent, coercion, rape trauma syndrome and sexual empowerment
  • Learn how to treat men and women as allies in addressing issues related to sexual assault and sexual health
  • Understand the risks and myths surrounding sex under the influence
  • Be challenged to take responsibility for the choices they make regarding alcohol
  • Be introduced to the feelings of a survivor of sexual assault and provided steps to supporting him or her
  • Be introduced to strategies for preventing sexual assault and effectively communicating sexual boundaries
  • Leave the session with new tools to address and reduce sexual assault

Take Back the Night began in the 1960s to encourage women to take a stand against violence within their communities as they seek to reclaim their right to live without fear. This year's theme is Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence.
 
Prior to the program, there will be an informational fair from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus featuring local agencies such as Alliance YWCA, Rape Crisis Hotline, Stark County Domestic Violence Collaborative, Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and the University’s Office of Counseling Service.
 
Immediately following the program given by Addington and Tieder, a march around campus will be held in honor of the sexual assault victims that will promote the message in a more public manner.
 
The program is free and open to the public, and it is being sponsored by the Association of Women Students, Alpha Chi Omega, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and the Alliance YWCA.

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