My Take on Take Back the Night…

The day is finally here! Rowan University in conjunction with Healthy Campus Initiatives and student organizations such as: Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, RIRSA, Gamma Chi Sigma/Victim Awareness, Lucy Vox, PRSSA/PACT5, HELP Hotline, Alpha Nu Omega, Rowan University Campus Players, New Life Ministries, GSA, Women’s Ultimate (Sport Club) and Tau Epsilon Phi- will hold its annual event in support of Sexual Awareness.

Over the course of a few weeks we have been collecting messages of support. “What would you want survivors to know?” I must admit the involvement from other students on campus and the messages they have for survivors are amazing. Up to this point we have collected around 200 messages! Around 133 pictures can be seen on Rowan University- Healthy Campus Initiatives social media sites! {I will link the sources below! Check them out for some inspiration!}

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If I could tell a survivor of sexual assault one thing it would be this:

Know what happened to you is NOT your fault. YOU did NOT ask for this to happen to you, nor did you deserve for it to happen to you. You are STRONG. You are stronger than you ever knew you could be. I want you to know that some days may be bad days but the good days are not far off. People love you, your family loves you, your friends love you and complete strangers support you! Speak out! Listen to other survivors stories because you are not alone. Find comfort in those around you and never, ever, let it bring you down because I promise you, you can get through this and will be a stronger person for it!

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” 
― Marcus AureliusMeditations

Feel free to comment below with messages of support for survivors that you have. Please stop by Rowan University’s Event today at 6:30 on the Student Center Patio! There will be tables set up with information and activities, speakers, basket and gift card raffles and in conclusion a symbolic walk!

Please come out and show support! I know I will!

By: Alison Nowak

Check out HCI Social Media to see some messages from students and staff!
Instagram: @RUHealthyCampus
Facebook: Healthy Campus Initiatives at Rowan University
Twitter:@RUHealthyCampus

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