‘Take Back the Night’ at Chico State


Analicia Hawkins prepares supporters for the march. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

A silent candle-lit march ignited hope in downtown Chico Thursday night.

Earlier that evening, the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center hosted “Take Back The Night” as part of sexual assault awareness month.

“Take Back The Night” is a national event started in 1975 with the goal of ending sexual and domestic violence in all forms.

The theme for this year’s event at Chico State was “Reclaiming Our Voices Through Agency and Advocacy.”

The GSEC Facebook event page stated the theme was chosen to empower survivors.

“Our hope with this theme is to provide an opportunity to acknowledge and empower survivors, to find strength in voicing our truth, and to reclaim the right to everyone’s security,” the event page states.

This year’s “Take Back The Night” included a keynote speech, workshops and a spoken word poetry event. The evening ended with a march through downtown Chico.

On April 22, GSEC hosted a debriefing brunch for those who participated in the event.

GSEC is located in BMU 004 and can be contacted at either 530-898-5724 or [email protected]




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