Take Back The Night Detroit

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SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS “TAKE BACK THE NIGHT” DURING SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

Women of color host the first annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT DETROIT forum and candlelight vigil to foster healing for survivors and to eradicate sexual assault and abuse

Contact: Kalimah Johnson, 313-606-2342, ebani@hotmail.com

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. One out of every six women and one out of every 33 men will be a victim of sexual assault in their lifetime. Sexual violence is happening in epidemic proportions, and a group of women in Detroit are determined to stop it.

The first annual TAKE BACK THE NIGHT DETROIT will be held during Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 18 at the Samaritan Center and Chandler Park. Women and men survivors on a quest for healing and community members determined to end sexual violence are invited to attend.

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT DETROIT will be a rare opportunity to dispel rape myths, learn about the prevalence of sexual violence and how it impacts individuals, families and the entire community. Survivors in need of support will be able to speak with professional counselors. All will be inspired to transform our society into one free of sexual assault and abuse.

At this multi-media forum, attendees will see film excerpts, dialogue with advocates and anti-violence experts, and experience restorative, inspirational performances by dancers, drummers, singers and spoken word artists.

The organizers of TAKE BACK THE NIGHT DETROIT are a group of activists, healers and survivors. Among them are co-chair Kalimah Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker and the sexual assault advocate lead at Serenity Services; co-chair Lori Robinson, author of “I Will Survive: The African-American Guide to Healing from Sexual Assault and Abuse” and the editor of African American Family magazine; and Stephanie L. Jones, a speaker and author of “The Enemy Between My Legs.”

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT is free and open to the public. It will be held on Saturday, Apr. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Samaritan Center, Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick Auditorium, located at 5555 Conner St. in Detroit.

For more information, visit TakeBackTheNightDetroit.org. Or call 313-606-2342, or email ebani@hotmail.com or survivethrive@aol.com.

The mission of TAKE BACK THE NIGHT DETROIT is to eradicate all forms of sexual violence—including rape and child sexual abuse—by raising awareness and promoting prevention, and to support survivors as they cast off shame and guilt and access the help they need on their journey toward healing and wholeness.

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