UWO partnering to bring awareness, assist fundraising for Fox Valley Take Back the Night


Students march for Take Back The Night

UW Oshkosh is partnering with Reach Counseling and Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services to host the 30th annual Take Back the Night. The series of events Oct. 26-30 is intended to bring awareness to domestic and sexual violence happening in the community, celebrate survivors and honor lives lost. 

“We exist in this community to support those who need us the most and feel that they have nowhere else to turn,” said Alicia Gehrig, communications and partnership specialist for Christine Ann. 

She noted that the agency last year served 288 people at the shelter, 636 individuals on an outreach basis and 147 youth with an advocate. 

“That’s 1,071 individuals who received our assistance with emotional support, basic needs, emergency shelter, connection to community resources and legal support—all completely free to them.” 

This year, due to COVID-19, the event is being hosted as Take Back the Week (Oct. 26-30), with a series of virtual events/activities hosted on the Fox Valley Take Back the Night Facebook page. 

Domestic abuse impacts people regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability, race, marital status or education level. 

Gehrig said there are many different tactics of power and control used in an abusive relationship and it can happen between intimate partners, roommates, a caregiver an individual being cared for, or even a parent and child. Abuse can be emotional, psychological, technological, verbal, physical, economic or with intimidation and threats or isolation. 

Alicia Johnson, UWO Women’s Center director and Women’s and Gender Studies lecturer, said Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for the UWO campus to join in solidarity with the community and support victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

“This year we are centering the intersection of sexual and domestic violence and racial violence,” Johnson said of the week-long series of events. 

Take Back the Week 

All videos and messages will be posted on the Fox Valley Take Back the Night Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/foxvalleyTBTN. (A Facebook account is not needed to access the content.) 

The week is devoted to prevention and support with the following themes: 

  • Monday, Oct. 26: Educating the Community 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: Our Community Cares 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Surviving and Thriving 
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Keynote Speaker Shiquita Yarbrough, manager of community engagement and equity at YMCA Boulder County, Colorado (Live at 6 p.m. and available later on Fox Valley TBTN Facebook page.) 
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Take Action to Prevent Violence 

Never Silent Exhibit includes collaborative works by artist Michael Wartgow reflecting on the experiences of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The exhibit is on display Oct. 7-Nov. 6 at Reeve Union’s Steinhilber Art Gallery (third floor). See full schedule for times.