“Take Back the Night” is a counterpoint to the idea that women should be fearful, that women should see themselves as potential victims. It shouts “no” to anyone who would blame a victim of sexual assault for how she dressed, what she drank or where she was. It offers support to those who have been assaulted, and it says, as Rivera explained, that we as a community will not accept abuse.
“We’re there to empower (victims),” Rivera said.
We commend Rivera’s program, SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College and Family Planning of South Central New York for partnering to sponsor the local “Take Back the Night” event. And we encourage everyone who have been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to find the courage to raise their voices rather than being silent. We hope this event will help reinforce the fact that crimes like this do not just hurt individual women; they diminish us all as a community.