The Women’s Center at Weber State University will host Take Back the Night, an event to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ogden Amphitheater (343 E. 25th St.). The evening will include a march through downtown Ogden, stories from survivors and a keynote speech from a pro
minent social activist.
Beverly Gooden, creator of the viral Twitter movement #WhyIStayed, will share her story of survival to kick off the night’s events. Gooden became a well-known name in the wake of several high-profile domestic violence incidents when took to social media to answer the oversimplified question of why someone would stay in an abusive relationship. During her speech, she will explain some of the reasons as well as break down myths and misunderstandings surrounding domestic violence.
Following the keynote speech, a march will begin from the Ogden Amphitheater. Marchers will walk around two city blocks and return to the amphitheater.
Take Back the Night events will conclude with a speak-out, which will serve as a time for community members to take part in discussions about violence. Participants can share their own experiences or offer support to those who have dealt with abuse.
“This is the year of #MeToo, #WhyIStayed, #StartByBelieving and #TimesUp,” said Stephanie McClure, Women’s Center Director. “Take Back the Night provides a time and place to show support for survivors in our community, take a stand against violence and build hope for a better future. Together, we can make a difference.”
This is the third year WSU has hosted Take Back the Night events. Campuses and communities around the globe also participate in the initiative to create safer communities and respectful relationships.