2021 Medaille College Take Back the Night Virtual Event & Student Initiatives Raise Awareness for Sexual Violence Prevention

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2021 Medaille College Take Back the Night Virtual Event & Student Initiatives Raise Awareness for Sexual Violence Prevention

Posted by Medaille College Office of Communications

Take Back the Night

Medaille College is set to host its 2021 Take Back the Night event in a virtual format on April 27. Sponsored by the Medaille College Wellness Center, Residence Life, Say Yes Medaille, Public Safety, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of Title IX, the Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board, the PsyD Student Government Association and TRiO Student Support Services, the event will bring the Medaille community together to raise awareness for sexual violence prevention, with cohesive efforts to promote social justice and develop solutions.

Take Back the Night is an international event and nonprofit organization with the mission of ending sexual, relationship and domestic violence in all forms. Medaille participates in Take Back the Night annually by hosting an event and raising awareness among the College community and beyond.

This year’s event will be held in a virtual format, powered by Zoom, and pre-registration is required. The program for the event will feature the following speakers and panelists: 

  • Nicole Kij, Medaille College Project Coordinator for the Department of Justice Grant 
  • Debra Kelly, Medaille College Director of Public Safety
  • Kenya Hobbs, Medaille College Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator and Co-Director of the Honors Program
  • Samantha Kellogg, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Campus-Based Advocate at Crisis Services
  • Tayrin Tapia, Founder of Dear Tayrin
  • Martha LaCorte, New York State Police Victims Advocate
  • Thomas Gibbons, New York State Police Investigator
  • Steve Earnhart, Buffalo City Court Bureau Assistant Chief

As a new initiative this year, all Medaille students were invited to participate in a TikTok video contest by creating a short video to educate others on how to use and communicate with the international hand sign for “I need help.” The goal was to increase awareness on how the hand signal can help stop violence. Five Mavericks athletics teams participated in the contest, and the videos can be watched on TikTok using the following links: 

Submitted videos were assessed by a judging panel of students, faculty and staff from the Medaille community, using the three criteria of creativity, educational effectiveness and message impact. All students, faculty and staff were also given the opportunity to impact the final score by voting for their favorite video. Competition and group challenge winners will be announced at the Take Back the Night virtual event on Tuesday, April 27, and the top three videos will be shown during the event. 

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