2022 Medaille College Take Back the Night Event & Student Initiatives Raise Awareness for Sexual Violence PreventionPosted by Medaille University Office of Communications
Medaille College hosted its 2022 Take Back the Night event on its Buffalo campus on Tuesday, April 19. Sponsored by the Medaille College Wellness Center, Residence Life, Say Yes Medaille, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of Title IX, the Student Government Association, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, the PsyD Student Government Association and TRiO Student Support Services, the annual event brings the Medaille community together to raise awareness for sexual and domestic violence prevention, with cohesive efforts to promote social justice and develop solutions.
Take Back the Night is an international event and non-profit 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 its campus community and beyond.
This year’s event featured the following speakers and panelists who shared information on survivor support services and resources, reporting options and the importance of bystander intervention:
- Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn
- Medaille College Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator Kenya K. Hobbs
- New York State Police Victim Advocate and Survivor Martha LaCorte
- Crisis Services Campus Advocate Kayla Shirreffs
- Erie County Assistant District Attorney (Special Victims/Domestic Violence Bureau) Patrick Swanson
Returning as a campus-wide initiative for the second year, all Medaille students were invited to participate in a TikTok video contest in the weeks leading up to the event 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 TikTok video contest, producing four videos:
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 results by voting for their favorite video. Winners were announced at the Take Back the Night event on April 19. The video submitted by the softball team won the top prize and was shown during the event.