Texas State’s Student Health Center injunction with the Counseling Center and Hays Caldwell Women’s Center took back the night with a rally and spoken word event to create safe and respectful communities and end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and all other forms of sexual violence.
Before the event Student Health Center health educator, Men Against Violence advisor and coordinator of the event Kelsey Banton said she wanted students to create respectful places on campus and know that there are people on campus committed to creating change.
About 20 students marched from Old Main to the LBJ Amphitheatre shouting chants such as:
The spoken word was hosted by Texas State Alumna and three time slam champion Ebony Stewart. Stewart said. “We are here to recharge, to reproduce ourselves, recreate, take back whats ours, and I want you all to be lifted.”
Stewart performed three poems, one including Joy, a response to a woman who trolled her under her comments for consistently bringing up race and rape in her poetry.
Ebony Stewart performing “Joy” audio
Other speakers included representatives from the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center, Not On My Campus and other Texas State students brave enough to share their story.
Overall President of Men Against Violence Nick Rambeau was satisfied with the event, “I hope people walk away feeling more independently confident to have those conversations about dating violence and sexual assault with their friends so that we can help bring these issues to light,” Rambeau said.
Currently 1 in every 5 women will experience some form of sexual assault while in college. It is important for students, faculty and staff to all play their part to end sexual violence on campus. This event was promoted to shatter the silence that exists around sexual violence.
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