The Lighthouse Project hosted its second “Take Back the Night” celebration on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. The program featured words of advice from the public safety department. Women were cautioned against going out alone and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.
Representatives from the Rape Crisis Center and Safe Shelter also distributed information to attendants.
Attendants were allowed to makes signs and ribbons at tables hosted by different campus organizations. The signs were made in preparation for the march around the Felix Alexis circle. Participants marched around the circle chanting against rape and domestic violence. Miss Savannah State University, Tierenee Roberson said a few words about the importance of awareness and support systems. A moment of silence was observed before the organization’s advisor, Jacqueline Awe, director of student development closed out the program.
Take Back the Night began in Europe in 1976 as a sign of empowerment for women and children. The theme colors are purple and teal. The color purple symbolizes domestic violence prevention awareness and teal symbolizes sexual assault prevention awareness.
The Lighthouse Project is a taskforce dedicated to decreasing, with the hope of eradicating sexual assault and domestic violence by promoting campus awareness. The organization strives to inform, educate, empower and encourage students to collaborate and discuss issues of domestic violence and sexual assault to prevent future cases.
The Lighthouse Project also hosted a self-defense class for young women on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009.