On Tuesday, April 8th I attended Take Back the Night, an open forum event on campus where students can speak to the community about their experiences regarding sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Hundreds of students attended this event to show their support for those sharing their stories, and dozens of students also stood up and spoke to the community about their experiences as victims, survivors, or advocates of sexual abuse or violence. Though I also attended this event last year as a freshman, it was not until this year that I truly realized the importance of holding this event on our campus. Take Back the Night is immensely important for UR students not only because it provides an opportunity for students to speak their mind and share their stories, but also because it reminds our campus community that sexual abuse, sexual violence, and rape, exist among our community itself as well. It is often easy to disregard issues such as rape and sexual violence by telling yourself that UR’s campus is safe, and since nothing has ever happened to you or any of your friends it must not be happening to anyone else on campus either; I’m certainly guilty of thinking this way, as I know many other students on campus are as well. However, Take Back the Night reminds the entire community that rape and sexual abuse are prevalent on our campus and therefore pertinent to our individual lives as well as our communal environment as well.