Abby Provencal

The Take Back the Night rally and march took place Friday, Oct. 21 on the Student Center Lawn at KSC.

The event was hosted by the Sexual Assault and Violence Education (SAVE) Committee and the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention Inc. (MCVP) Crisis and Prevention Center. The annual event is held as a vigil and rally for survivors and supporters to come together in protest of sexual assault and sexual violence. The KSC cheer team led the march portion of the night and guided the group’s chants as they marched around the college’s campus and a portion of the residential downtown area.

In the event pamphlet, there was a short list of goals for Take Back the Night, including “Empower participants to reclaim spaces in which they often feel unsafe,” and, “Build community across difference.”

Sarah Mckenzie Hoskins, Victim/Witness Coordinator from the Cheshire County Attorney’s Office, said Take Back the Night has a strong theme of empowerment. “[Empowerment is] a feeling that leads us to action that leads us to satisfaction. We need empowerment to heal,” she said. Megan Grove, Violence Against Women Grant Director and Sexual Violence Prevention Specialist, said, “A big goal of Take Back the Night, just as an event broadly, no matter where it happens, is just coming together as a community to reclaim space… We are creating the type of community we want, we are creating a safe community.” Grove also said, “I want people to know that this is their community and this community is for everyone. Sexual and relationship violence is a community issue.”

Forrest Seymour, LICSW, Assistant Director of Emotional Health Programming and Outreach and Coordinator of Sexual Violence Prevention at KSC, said, “We try to get as much engagement as possible, including from our local crisis agency, MCVP Crisis and Prevention Center, so that we are sure that as many voices as possible are involved in any kind of event that’s around sexual violence prevention because sexual violence affects everybody.” Seymour said there are supports available that are completely confidential.

“Students can talk about any unwanted sexual experience they might have had with complete confidentiality…Students who may want to just have a conversation or try to understand what happened to [them], those kinds of conversations can happen in the Wellness Center so no reporting has to happen.”

The KSC Wellness Center has resources available to those seeking help. There are pamphlets and flyers available that cover information, supports and resources about sexual assault, domestic and relationship violence and stalking, as well as a pamphlet for the MCVP Crisis and Prevention Center.

Abby Provencal can be contacted at
aprovencal@kscequinox.com

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