Take Back the Night - Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 - UW Alumni Center

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Reach and the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh come together to host a family friendly evening of education and awareness.  Each year we discuss issues in our community and share the amazing resources that are available.  Through our survior speakers we encourage and lift up those participating to take a stand against violence in our community!  Working to end domestic and sexual violence is a lifelong commitment. 

We strive to make this is a family friendly event with projects geared toward children.  We hope through these activities to open the conversation of healthy relationships and respect for all.

We end the evening with a ceremonial 1 mile march through downtown Oshkosh to show our support for survivors and remember those we've lost.  The Reeve Union gallery opens through the month of October to feature art of, by and for those effected by violence.  The pieces speak of the pain as well as the beauty survivors have found through their experiences.

Schedule of events:

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Drum Circle and activities for young and old

5:00pm - Drum Circle with Cindy Smith, Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, offers the opportunity for rally participants, of all skill levels, to musically convey their support of Take Back the Night. Instruments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own drum, if you'd like. 

Walk through our Living Library! We will have tables set up so you can learn more about healthy relationships, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, victim advocacy, restraining orders and SANE exams. Stop by the resource tables from campus offices/organizations and community agencies throughout the Fox Valley.

Make a sign to carry in the march
Buy a Take Back the Night T-shirt and customize it with your own encouraging words for survivors

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Alumni Welcome and Conference Center
Hear from a survivor and community agency as they share their stories. Feel a part of a National event that decries relationship and sexual violence in our community. The rally is a time for us to learn more about domestic and sexual violence and hear what each of us can do to support victims, survivors, their families and friends and end violence.

6:45 pm - 7:30 pm

We will be leaving the Alumni and Welcome Center towards the Christine Ann Center. We will stop for a moment of silence in front of Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services. The march will then proceed in silence to the Algoma Blvd entrance of Reeve Union.

7:30 pm

Reception and Never Silent Exhibition
Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery (3rd floor Reeve Memorial Union)
Art can be a powerful way of expressing what words don't fully describe. The TBTN Survivor Exhibition will be open for viewing from October 5 - October 28, 2016. Art work by UWO alumni and local artist, Michael Wartgow will be on display that tells the survivor stories and the empowerment they had to regain their lives. Come see the personal stories of our survivors and learn more about how relationship violence and sexual assault impacts our community.

We'll end the evening with inspiration to keep the community mission of ending domestic and sexual violence at the forefront all year long. Please join us for the opening reception of the Never Silent art exhibit.

Partnering agencies:

The sponsors and allies of Fox Valley Take Back the Night have unique programs, services, volunteer opportunities and ways to contribute. If you’d like more information, please contact the agencies below. 

CARE is a UW Oshkosh peer educator group educating hundreds of students on issues of sexual assault, dating violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

View the CARE website for more information

Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services offers a comprehensive array of critical programs and services to meet the special needs of victims including emergency shelter, a 24-hour Helpline, 1:1 advocacy, support groups for all ages, linkage to community resources and legal advocacy

View the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services website for more information

Reach's mission is to end sexual violence and promote healing in our community. To fulfill our mission, we have developed comprehensive services to meet the needs of persons affected by sexual abuse, incest and assault.

View the Reach website to learn more information

Oshkosh Police Department is a progressive, proactive law enforcement agency. We are an accredited police agency with 99 sworn officers and 36 civilian employees.

View the Oshkosh Police Department website to learn more information