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Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Take Back The Night (TBTN) - Monday, October 24th, 2016!

5:30pm march through campus

6pm program in the Winship Ballroom

TBTN Flier updated 2016

Emory University’s Relationship Violence Awareness Committee brings Take Back the Night (TBTN) march and rally to campus on October 24th, 2016, at Asbury Circle and DUC Winship Ballroom.  

Traditionally, TBTN has focused on supporting survivors of sexual violence and challenging the culture of violence by solely centering the event on the testimony of survivors’ experiences.   We aim to change that by creating opportunities for community members to become active participants in lending their time and voice to heed the call and take their place in the movement to end violence. Though we are still committed to creating a space of safety for all impacted by violence it is important to shift the university’s focus to also highlighting the voices that connect our communities to collectively challenge the culture of interpersonal violence. 

This year we are expanding the conversation of how violence happens on campus by providing space for survivors of all forms of interpersonal violence which includes racism, sexism, homophobia, transmisogyny, classism, and ableism. We are also inviting members of surrounding colleges and universities to stand in solidarity with us on October 24th

We are beginning our event at Asbury Circle with a march through the Emory campus to call attention to the issues of interpersonal violence, as well as to provide space for survivors to have their needs and voices heard. Following our march, we will have an open space for stories to be shared anonymously or in person in Winship Ballroom. If a department or organization would be interested in participating and collaborating in the organization of this event, we would love and be bettered for it. 

Participation in this event can take several forms.  The most obvious would be actively participating in the march and rally. Organizations and departments within the community can also elect to craft a statement or exercise creative expression in support of survivors. Lastly, groups can participate in the banner/sign making parties that will be hosted by Sexual Assault Peer Advocates on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 6:30pm in Calloway S103. 

If you have any follow up questions or are interested in your group/organization/department participating, please contact Wanda Swan at 404.727.7388 or via email at



October is Relationship Violence Awareness Month and Emory’s RVAM Planning Committee is excited to bring a week of events including our annual Take Back the Night program on October 26, 2015.

Every year students, faculty, and staff gather to hear stories of survivors at Emory and to show our support as a community for those impacted by sexual and relationship violence.

Please join us at 6:30pm at the DUC Terraces as we continue the work of providing safe spaces for all survivors in our community.  We will read anonymous stories submitted by survivors of sexual and relationship violence, anonymous stories of bystander intervention by those in the community, and provide a safe space afterwards for reflection and community fellowship with coffee in the Winship Ballroom.

The rest of the week will feature opportunities for education and training with the Center for Women and Men Stopping Violence as well as Emory’s own Sexual Assault Peer Advocates 101 Training.

For more details on volunteering throughout the week contact The Respect Program’s Wanda Swan at Submit your survivor or active bystander story to be read anonymously at

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