Living at or near a college where the ‘city is your campus’ and crime is more prevalent than in a rural town, UMKC students are naturally at a higher risk of encountering sexual violence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sexual violence is “any sexual act that is perpetrated against someone’s will. Sexual violence encompasses a range of offenses, including a completed nonconsensual sex act (i.e., rape), an attempted nonconsensual sex act, abusive sexual contact (i.e., unwanted touching), and non-contact sexual abuse (e.g., threatened sexual violence, exhibitionism, verbal sexual harassment).”
Last semester, one student who wished to remain anonymous was on her way home from UMKC. When she got off at her Troost bus stop, she was followed by a man and attacked from behind in plain daylight. The man wrestled her to the ground, leaving large bruises and scrapes all over her body. The student was scarred both emotionally and physically.
In order to combat violence like this, the Student Government Association will host the seventh annual “Take Back the Night” rally this Thursday as a part of UMKC’s Violence Prevention and Response Project.
As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the event promotes awareness of sexual violence and prevention.
The rally will begin in the UMKC quad at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., students and other participants will march to the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain on the Country Club Plaza, where they will publicly display their cause. At 8 p.m., sexual assault survivors will speak about their transitions from victims to survivors.