Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M-Kingsville to host annual Take Back the Night

Javelina Dining Hall, room 200 - 04/23/14 - 04/23/14

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. As people come together across the country, the Texas A&M University-Kingsville community will join in as they show their support during Take Back the Night.

The Women’s Enrichment Program, part of Student Health and Wellness, will sponsor a campus-wide Take Back the Night event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in room 200 on the second floor of the Javelina Dining Hall. Following the program, the group will move out on the patio for a candlelight vigil.

“As a Javelina family – we come together to support our survivors who have either experienced sexual or domestic violence,” said Jo Elda Castillo Alaniz, director of Student Health and Wellness. “We rally to end gender violence and empower others to stand up and create a better and safe community.”

The keynote speaker will be Kim Gonzalez, assistant district attorney for Nueces County. She specializes in prosecuting crimes of physical and sexual abuse against children and teaches a course on domestic violence awareness with her husband, Leo Gonzalez.

In addition to the vigil, participants will take a community pledge against violence. Survivors of sexual violence will be invited to share their journeys of help, hope and healing.

Take Back the Night also is sponsored by the Sexual Violence Task Force, Raise Awareness of Rape, Suicide, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse, UNITY, Student Government Association, the university chapter of National Organization of Women and the Domestic Violence Service Learning Project.

For more information, call 361-593-3991. 

About Kim Gonzalez

Gonzalez was recently awarded the Passion Award by the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend. She works closely with law enforcement, Child Protective Services, medical professionals and educators to enhance services for survivors and victims of abuse.

She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Corpus Christi Bar Association, Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.                    


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