Green Dot ‘Takes back the night’
By Katelyn Canon
October 2, 2012
October is Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
To raise awareness, Green Dot and the YWCA hosted “Taking Back the Night” on Monday, Oct. 1. Angela Rose, founder and executive director of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, (WWW.pavingtheway.net/wordpress/)spoke to students about domestic and sexual violence. At the age of 17, Rose was abducted and assaulted by a repeat sex offender and later released. Rose now travels across the country speaking at college campuses about domestic and sexual violence.
“What motivates me is every time I speak there are a handful of people who want to share their experience,” Rose said. “That’s what keeps driving me to do this work is how often it happens to people, but still how silenced a lot of people feel after dealing with domestic violence or sexual violence.”
PAVE is an organization that offers support and resources to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
“PAVE helps survivors by giving them a voice and letting people know they are not alone,” Rose said. “We do a lot of education and awareness and a strong focus on bystander intervention to prevent sexual violence and encourage both men and women to be a part of the solution.”
During her presentation, Rose informed the audience that 95 percent of all sexual assault goes unreported.
“If you see something you have to say something,” she said.
Taking Back the Night was sponsored by the Missouri Air National Guard 139 Airlift Wing, the Missouri Western Counseling Center and the Athletic Department. Many student athletes attended the event to show their support. Defensive lineman David Bass was in attendance with other members of the football team.
“I thought the presentation was amazing,” said Bass. “I actually liked that somebody who had been through what she had been through was able to step out because I know that takes a lot. First of all, it’s a lot to speak in front of a lot of people and for her to be going around with PAVE and this event; she is changing a lot of people’s lives and giving people the courage to come out.”
Amber Frank, a student who also attended Rose’s presentation, stressed the important of support for survivors.
“You are not alone,” Frank said. “I mean there’s so many different resources so many ways you can get help. Family is a big one… your family is there no matter what.”
After Rose’s presentation, Taking Back the Night concluded with the audience walking to the Clock Tower to show their support for those affected by sexual and domestic violence.