Take Back the Night Detroit Happens April 11

take back the nightMarygrove College and more specifically the Women’s Center, and the Social Work Department are sponsoring this event with SASHA Center-a community based organization formed to assist survivors of sexual assault.

The event will include poetry, music, dance, refreshments, guest speakers, a march and candlelight vigil acknowledging sexual assault survivors.  Features of the event will include the “Tocheva-Wall of Hope” project, the “Healing Tent” and the “Clothesline” display.  A scholarship award to a student/woman of color at Marygrove College will receive the Ava Rogers scholarship for recognition of her work to end violence against women and children.

Community agencies that assist survivors of sexual assault have been invited and will also be present to provide information and referrals to participants.  The Wayne County Safe Project, First Step, Turning Point, SASHA Center, Interim House, and the Victim Assistance Program have all been invited to attend.

Goals of this event:

  1. To send a loud and clear message that sexual assault survivors on campus and within the community no longer have to suffer in silence and isolation.
  2. To publicly proclaim that sexual assault and abuse in our community is unacceptable, inexcusable and will not be tolerated.
  3. To raise our community’s consciousness about the effects of sexual violence and its impact on metro Detroit, as well as provide support to survivors and inspire all to hope and to heal.

For more information please contact Kalimah Johnson or Julie Laforet
Marygrove College Social Work Department

Thank you for making Take Back the Night-Detroit a huge success

take back the nightOn behalf of Student Life, The Women’s Center, the Social Work Department and SASHA Center, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved for helping to make our Sexual Assault Awareness month Take Back the Night-Detroit event a huge success last Friday evening!  We believe that once again we had more than 250 participants!

All of those who attended the event saw the collaborative efforts of students; faculty and staff here at Marygrove and those who attended reported a sense of community, healing and power in acknowledging sexual assault survivors.

The march was a powerful visual of women, men, children, families and members from all walks of life saying that sexual assault is wrong and must stop.  The Healing Tent and the Tocheva Wall of Hope was a huge success as we acknowledged Sumarah Smith and Evelyn Pinkard (How Does Your Goddess Grow) as the new resident artists for the project in memory of Tzveta Tocheva. We are also very happy to announce that the winner of the Ava Rogers Scholarship was Social Work major Marquetta Turner.

While we would like to thank every person who worked to make this event the success that it was, we know that would be too many to name here.  Therefore, please know that your efforts, contributions, service, and work towards raising awareness on the topic of sexual assault was truly appreciated.

See you next April and please remember to wear your teal ribbon all month long to acknowledge that this is the right time to get involved and recognize survivors of sexual assault.  An awareness month display can be viewed at the Marygrove College Library until the end of the month.

When we work in the spirit of collaboration we all benefit.  On behalf of the Take Back the Night-Detroit planning committee we thank you very much!

Did you notice that Take Back the Night and Marygrove are in the Detroit Free Press?

Check out a recent Free Press article by Rochelle Riley to see what The Detroit chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is doing and how it involves Marygrove College.

And don’t forget about the 5th Annual Take Back the Night Detroit on April 12th!

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Friday, April 13, 2012 is Take Back the Night Detroit

Take Back the Night Detroit @ Marygrove College has been formed to raise awareness, promote prevention, and support survivors of rape as they cast off shame and guilt and access the help they need on their journey towards healing and wholeness.

The theme designated by the national organization for Take Back The Night this year is “Healthy Sexuality for Sexual Assault Prevention.” Continue reading