SOS, ESU THRIVE, and ESU Wellness Center's Counseling Services hosted Take Back the Night on April 6 with speakers Curt and Christie Brungardt from Jana's Campaign and Emily Steimel-Handy.
The Brundgart's spoke about their work to educate on domestic and sexual violence and the importance of being knowledgeable regarding these topics and in knowing how to spot red flags and understanding misconceptions regarding domestic abuse and sexual violence, particularly as it pertains to the LGBTQIA+ community. Steimel-Handy spoke about her experience as a survivor of sexual assault and how that drives the work she does today.
It is important that our communities not be silent and turn our backs on victims, and Take Back the Night events work to promote a world without fear of sexual violence.
If someone tells you they were raped or assaulted, please believe them. Acknowledge the experience has affected their life and offer support. Phrases like: “I believe you,” “I’m sorry this happened to you,” “It’s not your fault,” and “What can I do to help,” can let them know that you care about them and that they are not alone.
SOS can offer free and confidential support for victims of sexual assault. SOS recommends getting medical attention following an assault, and SOS Advocates can guide an individual through the court process. The SOS team can also offer resources for counseling, crime victim’s compensation, and aid with legal services. Call the SOS 24/7 helpline at 800-825-1295, text SOSKS to 847411, or get more information on the website: www.soskansas.com.