Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

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Speak with us 100% confidentially through email (VIPcenter@creighton.edu) or call (402) 280-3794.

Also visit us in the Brandeis building B04.

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Call (402) 280-3189 or visit the Office of Equity and Inclusion web page to create a report.

The VIP Center will support you and walk with you throughout the reporting process.

Join us on Thursday, April 11th, for Creighton University’s 5th annual Take Back the Night and Denim Day as we Start By Believing Survivors!

Take Back the Night (TBTN) and Denim Day are annual events that raise awareness about the effects of sexual assault and intimate partner violence on survivors, and serves as a  reminder that it happens here at Creighton.

Denim Day is observed at Creighton on the same day as Take Back the Night to raise awareness for sexual assault prevention while also providing a visible sign of solidarity to survivors who will courageously share their stories at the Rally.  Denim Day began in Italy after a driver's ed instructor raped his student.  He was found guilty and was incarcerated.  After appealing the decision, the Supreme Court justices ruled that her jeans were so tight that she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent. The next day, the women of the Italian Parliament wore jeans in order to stand in solidarity with this student and to protest victim-blaming. Each year, the VIP Center asks students, staff, and faculty to show their own support by wearing denim on Thursday, April 11 with our 2019 Denim Day buttons. 

Take Back the Night begins as a rally on the steps of St. John’s Church where survivors are given a safe space to tell their stories as the community bears witness to their unique stories of victimization and survival.  This event is unique in that it is very public, yet year after year survivors feel comfortable enough to stand up and tell their stories. Following the rally, the VIP Center hosts the Action-Event where attendees get the opportunity to eat good food, connect with like-minded student activists, and learn more about topics associated with power-based violence such as trauma, consent, self-care and the culture of masculinity. Attendees also get opportunities to take action, through learning about current legislation and writing letters to their elected representatives. Creighton as a community can become a much safer and inclusive place if all students were aware of this issue and felt like they could stop it. We hope this event gets the attendees to begin that process.

              

 

This year’s national keynote speaker is from EROC (End Rape On Campus)!  Jess Davidson (She/Her) is the Interim Executive Director of End Rape on Campus and a renowned and experienced public speaker. Her previous speaking credentials include engagements at educational institutions as well as private and public interest engagements. Jess was a plenary speaker at the first White House United State of Women Summit, keynoted the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s annual TechSummit, and has engaged with both Uber and Google on the intersection of their work and sexual violence. She regularly speaks at schools across the country and suits her expertise to meet the students and school where they’re at, ranging from technical schools and community colleges to large state universities, to Ivy League institutions. Jess serves as a spokesperson on issues of sexual violence, frequently appearing on cable news including CNN, Good Morning America, Tonight with Lester Holt, MSNBC, as well as print media, including, but not limited to the New York Times and Washington Post. Jess is available for keynote speeches, fireside chats, plenaries, and panels.

Join us as we speak out against sexual assault and dating violence!  We need you!