Take Back the Night | April 23, 2014
The WSU President’s Commission on the Status of Women, in partnership with Wayne County SAFE, united the WSU campus community to Take Back The Night. About 125 people gathered in the ballroom of the Student Center to listen to remarks from various guest speakers, Spoken Word, and survivor accounts. Shelia Hankins, co-executive director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community at the University of Minnesota, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Robin Collins, chair of COSW’s Outreach committee and organizer of the Take Back The Night event, thought the evening was a success. She said, “This event allowed so many allies and survivors to tell their stories during Open Mic. It was an emotional yet liberating experience for them, and I feel honored that the Outreach Committee was able to give them the opportunity to start the healing process by hosting this event.” COSW presents its annual Take Back the Night program during April in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Commission seeks to raise awareness about issues related to sexual violence, to support victims of sexual violence, and to educate individuals and communities about the issue. For more information about the COSW, visit http://cosw.wayne.edu.