CSUN community comes together to ‘Take Back the Night’

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Women and men gathered Thursday night to discuss resources for rape and abuse survivors and share their experiences at the 8th annual Take Back The Night march.

“We are here to publically say that we’re against the abuse of women, we won’t take it anymore, and we are taking back the night,” said Shira Brown, an organizer of the event and professor of gender women’s studies at CSUN.

Brown said she was most excited for the students to see all the resources that are available to them.

The night began with a resource fair, with booths from several of the event sponsors, some of which are Women’s Research and Resource Center, Gender and Women’s Studies Student Association and the Gender and Women’s Studied Department. Local punk rock band the Neonates performed. Attendees were encouraged to paint signs they could later carry during a group march to the women’s research and resource center.  Two males painted the slogans, “Beat off, not women,” and “I don’t hit.”

About 100 shirts hung on a clothesline surrounding the Plaza del Sol with phrases such as “Men must change” and “I said no, I said stop, he didn’t” painted on them, to show what the event was about to those passing by.

Faculty members spoke after the Neonates concluded their performance.  Dr. Harry Hellenbrand, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Take Back the Night was about a worthy cause.  Elizabeth Say, dean of humanities, recalled walks at nights with the women’s research and resource center, in which they identified places on campus that may not be safe.

“Since I can remember, the women’s center has been making this campus safer,” Say said.

Mark Stevens, from university counseling services, talked about the benefit of the march and how the university’s counselors can help people deal with trauma.

“This is an event that adds to the mental health of our community,” Stevens said. “Holding onto these traumatic events can be poison to the soul.”

Daniel Foster, crime prevention coordinator at CSUN’s department of police services, discussed the nuances of reporting a crime. If a victim does not want to report a crime they could file a report that will only be investigated if they choose to seek charges against the assailant at a later date or they could make a report anonymously, to help the accuracy of police statistics he said.

Students representing the Vagina Monologues and Project Date spoke as well. They were followed by a spoken-word performance by D’Lo.

Professor Randy Picarelli discussed the daily routines women must endure that men do not, such as getting errands done before it is dark outside, staying indoors at night and never looking down as she speed walks to her car. Picarelli said 70 percent of assaults against women take place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

After the speeches concluded, attendees lit candles and held a moment of silence for survivors of abuse before marching loudly to the women’s research and resource center.

“The silence is deafening so lets make some noise,” Brown yelled to announce the beginning of the march.

Claudia Menjivar, a senior double majoring in psychology and child development, and survivor of abuse said the public needs to be more aware of abuse.

“It is a taboo subject, even amongst friends,” she said.

Once at the women’s research and resource center, over 100 people listened to personal accounts of abuse from survivors, friends, and family of victims of abuse. The audience applauded and shouted words of support, encouragement and love when speakers cried as they shared personal stories.

The event was sponsored by the Women’s Research and Resource Center, Gender and Women’s Studies Student Association, Gender and Women’s Studied Department, VDAY, Gamma Rho Lambda, Project Date, LGBTA, and SQE.

 

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  • Clmenjivar

    It is not the fact that men don’t experience domenstic violence, It is the fact that women account for almost all of the cases reported. 95% of women report some form of domestic violence, which we have to remember takes many forms other than just physical abuse.. There is also, emotional, mental, financial, and sexual abuse.

    As for the gentlemen that said he does not know any women that ‘cower’ at night because of fear of getting raped, but in contrast he knows many men who have been robbed, or jumped. I believe the question we need to be asking is, WHO is causing the robberies and jumpings? Is it women, or men? And if so, what is that percentage? In almost all cases it is MEN doing the robberies and jumpings in the street.

    There is much much more to this subject that what meets the eye. For example, there are biological issues (the fact that women are naturally built differently than men), political and social issues (the fact that domestic violence has just recently been looked at differently by society in the united states-domestic violence against women was in fact LEGAL until recently), the social stigma and effects (how allowing domestic violence to be legal in partnerships for such a long time affected the growth and development of men in our society), cultural misinterpretations (the belief that defending women in such issues as domestic violence meens women are ‘man haters’) cultural beliefs and lifestyles (many cultures such as asian american, asian, and latino cultures deal with domestic violence differently, AKA it isnt reported) and much much more.

    Please do your research before stating an OPINION.

    • Matt

      “I believe the question we need to be asking is, WHO is causing the robberies and jumpings? Is it women, or men? And if so, what is that percentage?”

      I believe most of the crime of robbing/murder/violence in general is from blacks right? But you wouldnt dare admit to that would you, no instead you pin it off on men in general (basically saying that something is wrong with me and we need to change) even tho blacks are the majority of prison pop you dont say something is wrong with them, no its just men.

      What does that tell you? That your an idiot that loves to blame the small portion of men that do commit crime with the ENTIRE population. Yea its us that needs changing tho (not the brainwashed victim feminists).

      Also miss most men are not violent robbers or rapists, I know this is a waste of time saying because a few lines of proper thinking cant compete with an entire semester of womens studies class that brainwashes you into believing women are the most oppresed thing on earth and always the victim, but hey I try anyway.

    • David the small-L libertarian

      So really, “domestic violence” is whatever you want it to be. That 95% of women, according to you and whatever agenda-driven study you derived this statistic from, suffer from some “some form of domestic violence” is a statistic that defies common sense. Your credulity and citing these “statistics” shows a total lack of objectivity on your part. I think that Matt and JohnDoe are correct in their assessment that those who profess what you do are man-haters. And just to be clear, you’re talking about women in the U.S., not the Middle East, right?

      Legitimate studies almost always confirm what common sense tells you. If they don’t, there’s probably something wrong with the study. I think that you need to take a dose of your own medicine and do your research before stating an opinion.

      • J Scalia

        I agree with you small-L David. I must be guilty of domestic violence as well because I try to curtail my wife’s spending! According to Clmenjivar, domestic violence includes not just physical abuse, but financial”abuse” as well. LOL.

    • Celia

      Perhaps you should check your own research before regurgitating the 95% canard. This comes from the US DOJ, but is not a stat to derive a ratio comparison between women and men– rather what percentage of women in shelters actually experienced DV. Further along in the DOJ findings and within US Health and Human Services stats… it is generally undisputed, that of reported violence (either by the victim or police) well over 1/3 of the victims in DV scenarios are male. This is further substantiated by emergency room tallies.

      I could go on and on to demonstrate how far afield the present representation of DV is so deeply misguided, disingenuous and, yes misandrist, but in short…. the gender paradigm (that is the power/gender feminist theory of DV) accounts for considerably less than half of all DV. The majority, or over half if you will of DV is bi-lateral, meaning both parties are engaged in the abuse. Thereafter you have unilateral violence which tends to be fairly equal between men and women.

      I do think it should also be mentioned, that the power/gender feminist representation of DV is entirely hetero-sexist as per capita, DV in the homosexual community is on par with that of the heterosexual community. Interestingly, there are some findings that indicate the highest per capita occurrence of DV is between Lesbians.

      I admire your passion on the subject, but am disappointed you are confined to such a rigid and ignorant understanding of the issue. I don’t blame you, in fact I understand, and that is why the critique of such disingenuous events like Take back the Night need to be considered in the light of facts, research and genuine concern for victims and their needs, as well as aggressors and their need for held.

      Regards,

      • David the small-L libertarian

        Wow. What a great response! Thanks for exposing the origin of the “95% canard.”

  • johndoe

    0:39
    “we come together as a community and say that… we no longer accept violence against WOMEN”

    I guess they’d gladly accept violence against MEN. I mean, that is a fair guess, isn’t it? After all, she could just as well have said “we no longer accept violence against MEN AND women,” be she chose to mention women only anyway, right?

    Seriously, what is wrong with these man-hating cunts???
    Why is there any need to be gender specific in speaking up against violence????

    What they are saying with their choice of words, and I grant that it may not have been a conscious choice, is that “we no longer accept violence against women (but men… who cares?)”.

    Violence should not be accepted, whether it be against a woman or a MAN, and whether it be perpetrated by a man or a WOMAN. Men can be victims, too, and men have feelings, too.

    But then again, these man-hating self-indulged cunts are probably too myopic to see beyond their sisterhood and show any concern for the other half of the population, you know, the half that weren’t fortunate enough to be born with pussy passes.

    • David the small-L libertarian

      Totally inappropriate. Sundial: please delete this offensive post.

      If you wish to express your opinion, you’ll find that it’s much better received if you don’t use ad hominem attacks and foul language.

      • johndoe

        The nature of these rallies, and the implicit message underlying what that woman in the video is saying are much more offensive in my opinion. Try to look past how something is said, and evaluate what is being said, you know, the content.

        True, perhaps opinions are better received when foul language is not used. However, when one does choose to use foul language, it should tell the reader/listener that there is anger and pain behind that choice. After being subjected to decades of discrimination and misandry, now a man has to worry about the prospect of a few expletives offending a man-hater? I don’t think so.

        Years of misandry may have prompted me to use foul language, but you’d have to be pretty dull to be offended by the outward manifestation of a justified protest against socially sanctioned male-hating, instead of by the egregious disregard for men that lies that this woman is showing.

        • David the small-L libertarian

          Mr. Doe: You’re obviously a thoughtful and articulate guy. Much of what you way I agree with. Please keep your arguments civil and intelligent and I’ll look forward to seeing more of your comments on the Sundial site. Thanks.

  • Matt

    I’m sorry which gender is overwhealmingly affected by violence more??? These disgusting manhating feminists just love to blow things out of proportion tho.

    Anything for them to bitch about something I guess
    Guess what ladies you have it better than men ever will.
    10 national offices dedicated to your health.
    Title IX protecting only your sports programs
    Falsely accuse men of rape and get away with it
    laws that protect ONLY females (VAWA)
    Get a pussy pass when it comes to crime
    etc.

  • Matt

    I’m sorry which gender is overwhealmingly affected by violence more??? These disgusting manhating feminists just love to blow things out of proportion tho.

    Anything for them to bitch about something I guess
    Guess what ladies you have it better than men ever will.
    10 national offices dedicated to your health.
    Title IX protecting only your sports programs
    Falsely accuse men of rape and get away with it
    laws that protect ONLY females (VAWA)
    Get a pussy pass when it comes to crime
    etc.

  • David the small-L libertarian

    “Professor Randy Picarelli discussed the daily routines women must endure that men do not, such as getting errands done before it is dark outside, staying indoors at night and never looking down as she speed walks to her car.”

    Wow. I’ve known women all my life, many in fact. Not one of them has ever mentioned how unsafe they feel at night or how scared they are while walking from Point A to Point B. None of them cower at home because of fear of attack. None has ever been attacked or raped by a stranger. Only one I know was “date-raped” in high school. On the other hand, I know some men who were robbed on the street at gunpoint. The activists love to blow things out of proportion in order to get funding or because they think it will help their causes.

    Don’t misunderstand me: Sexual assault is a problem, but people should know the truth. Here’s a piece called “The Campus Rape Myth” that gives another rarely-heard perspective: http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_1_campus_rape.html