Take Back the Night… Annually attended by hundreds of students and New Orleanians alike, this event stands as a beacon of hope to those who have experienced sexual trauma. It reminds us that in this “land of the free,” many cannot walk the streets of our city in safety and that many have been traumatically or fatally injured due to their gender or sexuality. It reminds us that healing is possible, that there are people who care, and that no one need suffer alone.

Take Back the Night calls us to action. It asks us to bear witness to the aftermath of violence. It asks us to consider our own thoughts and actions, that we may be transformed by compassion. It calls us to talk, write, listen, volunteer, lobby and fundraise, in an effort to create an equitable community in which every woman, child and man can live in more freedom and less fear.

In the days leading up to TBTN, the University Counseling Center will post reflections by students on this blog that bear witness to the positive impact this event has in our community. I encourage you to read their thoughts, learn more about TBTN (click here) and join Loyola, Tulane, Dillard and New Orleans in Taking Backing the Night!

1. Spoken Word/ Poetry Slam event:                                                                             Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 7p.m., Dillard’s Library 

2. Rally, March & Speak Out:                                                                         Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 6p.m., Marquette Hall Horseshoe down St Charles and Broadway to Tulane’s LBC Qatar Ballroom

3. Charitable Raffle:  Starting 10/17/13, during lunchtime tabling in the DSC, raffle tickets will be on sale, $1/ticket for the chance to win one of 30+ baskets. Basket items include: Passes to the Audubon Institute, the House of Blues, VooDoo Arena Football, Pelican’s Basketball,  New Orleans Ballet performances, and a variety of items including Chanel perfume, Versace, La Mer lotions, Neiman Marcus bags, and more. All proceeds go to three local service providers: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program, the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, and the New Orleans Family Justice Center.

Brooks Zitzmann, LCSW

Staff Counselor & Chair of Take Back the Night NOLA

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