Minot State to host Take Back the Night event

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot State University Title IX Office, Student Social Work Organization, and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center have collaborated to sponsor the University’s third annual Take Back the Night event Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Beaver Dam in the Student Center. This year’s Take Back the Night event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to all students, faculty, staff, and Minot community members.

Edna Sailor, Minot State alumna and author of “Alfalfa Girl: The Path from Childhood Molestation to Soul,” will be the guest speaker. 

Sailor has devoted her life advocating for a better understanding of the sheer magnitude of America’s child sexual abuse epidemic. She is a volunteer representative of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse, a published freelance writer, a newspaper reporter, and author. Melissa Spelchen, Minot State assistant professor of criminal justice, will provide music. Free food will be provided during the event.

“The Take Back the Night event provides an opportunity for community members to come together in solidarity to support survivors and increase awareness of gender-based violence with the goal of creating a safe community for all,” said Minot State Title IX Coordinator Lisa Dooley. “Take Back the Night is an important event not only to spread the word about the prevalence of violence but to listen to the voices of survivors and empower others in similar situations.”

In conjunction with the event, the MSU Title IX office is collecting needed items for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. These items can be dropped off at the Title IX office or brought to the event. The list of items needed includes but is not limited to: cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs, Kleenex, trash bags, food items, deodorant, tampons, baby lotion and shampoo, phone cards, diapers, new bed pillows, and new undergarments for both women and children.

“The event is inclusive and acknowledges that violence strikes all sexes, genders, and sexual orientations,” Dooley said. “The goal is that MSU members together with the Minot community will promote healing for survivors and give participants the tools to advocate for a community free from sexual and domestic violence.”

This marks the third year Take Back the Night has been sponsored through the Minot State Title IX office but has been a part of the Minot community through the Domestic Violence Crisis Center for multiple years.

For more information on the event, please EMAIL Dooley.

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Published: 10/03/19   

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