Take Back the Night is a weeklong event happening April 13-20th and is co-hosted by the CCEs, the Women’s Center, and USAY. TBTN is an annual event centered around promoting sexual respect and supporting survivors in Yale College.
At Yale, Take Back the Night centers on community wide reflection on our broader sexual culture in order to stop violence as well as promote sexual ethics and respect. It’s an opportunity to discuss how sexual and romantic dynamics unfold on our campus, both positive and negative. The events planned for the week of Take Back the Night aim to create space for this reflection towards the wider goal of supporting survivors on our campus. A full schedule of events can be found at this link as well as listed below.
The Speak Out, a traditional TBTN event, will occur on Cross Campus during the afternoon of Friday, April 13. This event is a time for the Yale College Community to come together to empower survivors and uplift their voices. During the event, stories about a full range of sexual and romantic experiences and expression can be shared, both publicly and anonymously, as well as poems, quotes, and other forms of expression. There will be opportunity provided to those who decide on the day-of or during the Speak Out that they would like to speak or share. Some people may prefer to work with SHARE or another resource ahead of the Speak Out – feel free to get in touch with SHARE directly or contact Sofia Braunstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Melinda Wang (email@example.com). Furthermore, if you or anyone you know would like to share your story anonymously or publicly during the event, please see this Google Form. Stories can be about both positive and negative experiences. You do not need to be a survivor to speak — any member of the Yale College community is welcome.
Calendar of Events
Greet the Morning: Running in Community
Wednesday April 11, 9 am
Join us for a run to celebrate ourselves and start the day by coming together to enjoy a 3 mile run for people of all skill levels. Meet at the Women’s Table and hang around for conversation afterwards!
Color the Campus Chalking
Friday April 13, 11am-1pm
Bring your creativity to Cross Campus and help us beautify the space with chalk as we prepare for the Take Back the Night speak out. Everyone is welcome to express themselves; come for 10 minutes or an hour. Chalk provided.
Friday April 13, 1-3pm
An open gathering where students can share a full range of experiences of sexual violence and sexual respect through testimony, poetry, and song. Come and help speak out against sexual violence and build empowerment through sharing, listening, and supporting peers.
Relaxing in the Women’s Center
Friday April 13, 3-4:30pm
Come to the Women’s Center after the Speak Out to connect and relax. We will have coloring books, good company, and delicious snacks.
Floating Dance Party
Friday April 13, 8-9pm
A group will meet in the Berkeley College Common Room, sync up to the same playlist with headphones, and dance through campus.
Solidarity Brunch at the Women’s Center
Saturday April 14, 11am-12:30pm
Join Take Back the Night coordinators and folks from SHARE for brunch Saturday morning. Enjoy bagels, great acoustics, velvet couches, and OJ among friends.
Nothing About Us Without Us: Discussion with Sex Workers Allies Network (SWAN)
Saturday April 14, 4pm
The Sex Workers Allies Network (SWAN) is a grassroots organization working in Connecticut to end violence against sex workers towards harm reduction and dignity for all. Join Beatrice Codianni and SWAN members to learn about their strategies for combating sexual violence - from self-defense classes and Narcan training to prison abolition - and how to support their work!
Survivor Support Network meeting
Monday April 16, 6pm
Members of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Response & Education center (SHARE) will be available to participants for additional support and community.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for meeting location.
Queer Community Support Letters
Monday April 16, 7-8pm
Timothy Dwight College Art Studio
Join us as we write letters to ourselves, to each other, and to the queer community at Yale as we come together in showing of support. You can keep your letter to yourself, or share parts of your message with the community at large on a collaborative poster!
Yoga: Harness the Power of Your Body
Tuesday April 17, 4pm
Come for an instructor led yoga class by Yogis at Yale. Bring a yoga mat or enjoy the grass.
Letter Writing to Incarcerated Women with PSL and the Women’s Center
Tuesday April 17, 6pm
Letter writing and donations for Connecticut Bail Fund’s Mothers’ Day bailout.
How to Support a Friend
Wednesday April 18, 4-5pm
Come to a workshop and conversation with SHARE about how to be a good friend to someone who has experienced sexual violence. Audience questions encouraged, but quiet observers also welcome.
Storytelling & Religious Community Support
Wednesday, April 18, 7-8:30pm
Join us for an interfaith conversation about storytelling and community support. We will be reflecting about how the stories we share and uplift in religious communities create spaces where everyone is affirmed and supported.
Building a Positive Sexual Culture: The Core Toolkit
Friday April 20, 1-3pm
This interactive workshop takes an in-depth look at the dynamics of sexual violence, campus sexual norms, and effective strategies for making change. Participants will discuss ways to build positive, respectful cultures in student groups and beyond. Registration encouraged at this link (which can also be found on the Office of Gender and Campus Culture OrgSync portal under the “Events” tab).
Meditation, Mindfulness & Healing
Friday April 20, 4-5pm
Breathing Space (Basement of Welch C)
During stressful times, it can be powerful to slow down, center ourselves, and breathe. Join us for meditation guided by Xuan and Andy —no experience required!