‘Take Back the Night’ event to support sexual violence survivors

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Lawrence community members will join together Thursday evening to flood love and support toward survivors of sexual violence.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center annually hosts “Take Back the Night,” a night of community solidarity with survivors of sexual violence, according to the Facebook event page.


As part of the Care Center’s mission is to help “promote a culture of consent,” sexual violence prevention is also an important purpose to Take Back the Night, according to the event page.

This year’s speakers will include Care Center Executive Director Jennifer Ananda, who will talk about sexual violence; midwife and Vote No Kansas founder Melinda Lavon, who will talk about reproductive rights; and KU Law professor Kyle Velte, who will talk about LGBTQ people’s rights.

Take Back the Night is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the South Park Gazebo, 1141 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence. A resource fair and signmaking will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the speakers will follow at around 7:15 p.m.

At 8 p.m. — once it’s dark outside — there will be a candlelight vigil and speak out circle. The event is set to conclude at 9 p.m.

Visit The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center’s website at to learn more about its sexual prevention work and free support services.

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Resources for survivors

If you have experienced sexual violence or trauma, please seek the help that’s right for you. There are many options available, and you don’t have to file a police report if you don’t want to.

Get 24/7 help in Lawrence: The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center
  • Call 785-843-8985 to reach an advocate, 24/7. (Consider saving that number in your phone in case you or someone you know ever needs it.)
  • After an assault: What are my options? Check this page for detailed information about
    • talking to an advocate,
    • going to the hospital,
    • making a police report,
    • and/or talking to a counselor or therapist.
  • On campus? Check this page for specific resources for the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, Baker University, Ottawa University and more.
Resources on KU’s campus:
  • Contact the CARE (Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education) Coordinator: Students can make an appointment by email,, or by calling 785-864-9255. It’s free, confidential and voluntary to talk with the CARE Coordinator. All genders welcome. Read more here.
  • Find more KU campus resources at this link. Specific information about sexual assault exams can be found here.
  • Direct message KU CARE Sisters on Instagram. You don’t need to be affiliated with Greek Life to reach out and/or receive assistance. (Note: CARE Sisters provide peer support and education, but this is not a 24/7 service like others listed here.)
Domestic violence situations: The Willow Domestic Violence Center
  • Reach the Willow for help 24/7 at 785-843-3333.
  • Find more resources on the Willow’s website at this link.
  • National hotline: Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), text “START” to 88788, and/or visit to chat and learn more, 24/7.

Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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