About 75 SUNY Cortland students marched across campus Wednesday in a semi-annual event to support victims of sexual abuse.
After a year without the event because of the COVID-19 pandemic closing campus and otherwise limiting activities, this year’s march took on a new form to comply with social distancing guidelines, as students marched in groups of no more than five and at 10-minute intervals.
A virtual event, including a keynote speaker, was planned Wednesday night to reintroduce more elements of the activity, sponsored Students Active for Ending Rape, or SAFER.
“It was a good experience, for a good cause,” said Mackenzie Collins, a freshman from Long Island, after walking with a few members of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority.
Nia Vega, 19, a sophomore majoring in sociology with a concentration in criminology and a minor in computer applications, said Take Back the Night is an important educational program.
“We are raising awareness for anyone who has been sexually assaulted … so they have a voice,” said Vega, the secretary of SAFER and a New York City native.
“You don’t have to be silent,” added Hannah Newcomb, 20, a junior inclusive education major from Rochester. “We want to take back that power.”