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‘Take Back the Night’ opens a dialogue on surviving sexual assault

Greg Garrett

(Buffalo, N.Y.) – Students at SUNY Buffalo State used song, poetry and personal stories to convey messages about sexual assault at the annual “Take Back the Night” event April 10.

The event is intended to empower survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through creative works.

Take Back the Night is a national initiative that takes place on campuses all over the country, but Buffalo State’s event is unique because it uses poetry and song.

“I think Take Back the Night is about being open and honest with something that people work extremely hard to hide,” said Ethan Milton-Pope, an organizer the event.

Some of this year’s themes included “clothing is not consent” and “do your part Buffalo State,” which is also the motto for the campus Bystander Intervention program.

Tammy Kresege, assistant director for health promotions at Weigel Health Center, said she wants students to take personal responsibility and think about how they would help someone in a dangerous situation.

“People who have been involved in sexual assault get to open up and let loose and release whatever they have built up inside of them,“ said Terri Massenberg, a social work major and intern at Weigel Health Center.

For the first time, a student directed and oversaw all of the performances and rehearsals.

Derick Sherrier, a theater major who has his own production company on campus, said he wanted to get involved after experiencing last year’s event as an audience member.

Sherrier said he already has students contacting him about participating in the next show in November.

* Tiffany Channer contributed to this report.


2 thoughts on “‘Take Back the Night’ opens a dialogue on surviving sexual assault

  1. I salute these students for their honesty and desire to keep safe. I wrote a NA novel to tip students off about grooming and exploitation. Please help me empower them by reblogging. This is set in the UK but equally relevant.
    Blurb:Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal.
    While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?
    Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By drop-ping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path… Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?
    Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.
    A cautionary tale for older teens, parents—anyone who’s questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.
    Thanks for your help.


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