Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Eastern Mennonite University is using this week to raise awareness about the problem. They are hosting 'Take Back the Night', an initiative to end sexual violence.
Laura Glick is a social work major and fully involved in this week's events. Tonight students get to ask questions and will talk with faculty about sexual violence.
She thinks time with faculty is important. "It really makes this kind of awareness come to life, that it's not just something that happens to students," says Glick.
Glick is inspired by previous year's events and their impact on the community, "Especially since we are a smaller university, with familiar faces it really helps to get the message out."
Faculty may be involved tonight, but this week is fully run by students. Lauren Dixon has been planning this for months. "We plan all of the events. We're in charge of the food, the people, everything, advertising. So they kind of give you, here's the event, and we plan the whole thing," explains Dixon.
For Dixon - raising awareness hits especially close to home. "I personally have been a survivor of sexual assault, and so it's really close to my heart. That's why I'm a social work major, that's why I'm so passionate about this."
She hopes this week will allow other students to face their past and begin the healing process. "I'm letting everybody know, that they are not alone in this. Because one in six women will experience it in their life."
Students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community participate in 'take back the night' every year. Glick is grateful to be involved; "when it affects one person it affects us all. It just really brings us together and it means so much to the EMU community and to me, too."
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