Light the Night is an important night for sexual abuse and violence. This will be our third year of hosting the event and every year we cross a bridge at the same time as thousands of other people across the country, with the aim to light up the country in solidarity with those who have experienced sexual abuse or violence.
Statistically 510,000 women and 138,000 men aged 16 to 59 experienced sexual assault in 2017 (statistics from Rape Crisis) and it is important that we highlight this, support these people and speak up as one collective voice to display to the world that this is not okay.
As a student, I attended Light the Night every year and I was amazed by how empowered it made me feel. It was incredible to be united with a large group of people where everybody wanted to make a difference.
This year Light the Night will be on Wednesday 5 February. We will meet at 6pm on Mill Lane Bridge opposite One Stop and we will then walk together with banners and glow sticks to Town Hall Square. From here, we will stop and listen to anybody that wants to speak and then we will walk back to the Campus Centre for hot chocolate.
Please also feel free to join us for a Craftivism session in the DSU Atrium on the 5 February from 12pm-3pm where we will be making banners together.
I’m so excited to see you there,
Laura Flowers, Academic Executive