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“As a survivor, I try to invest all of my

energy into making sure people never

have to go through what I went through

and to know that there is someone

speaking out even when they can’t find

the strength to do so themselves,” said

Victoria Goodwin, the main coordinator

of the event. “It was really helpful for me

to be that person, and to share my story.

Being able to help and protect others

makes it easier for me.”

Goodwin, a 2015 graduate, is the

president and co-founder of Revolution

Against Rape, an organization on

campus whose purpose is to create a safe

environment on campus where victims

of sexual violence can speak up without

fear of ostracism.

“Many students, faculty, and staff

came to me after the event to talk about

how thankful they were that this was

now part of our campus, and they

were thankful for all of my work,” said

Goodwin. “I can only hope that this is

the start of a much bigger movement on

Lycoming’s campus.”

Although this was the first Take

Back the Night event held on campus,

Lycoming’s Title IX deputy coordinator,

Kat Matic, has been working with

Campus Security, Residential Life and

Counseling Services staff and others

across campus to institute programs

and changes that promote an even safer

environment for everyone.

“Although our college’s statistics are

favorable to colleges of similar size, our

position is one of zero tolerance,” Matic

said. “Because we know rape is one of

the more underreported crimes, we

are very diligent with making sure we

understand the true extent of the issue

so we can take the actions needed to

prevent this type of offense.”

Some of the changes Lycoming has

made in the past year are adopting a

significantly revised policy toward sexual

misconduct, expanding the definition of

rape to reflect changes instituted by the

FBI in 2011, and providing additional

training for students on inappropriate

sexual behaviors and what support

services are available to victims.

“An important step is to make sure

that all students feel comfortable with

reporting rapes and trust that reports

are taken seriously and investigated

properly,” Matic said.



This spring, Lycoming

College joined the

movement against

sexual violence by

hosting its first ever

Take Back the Night

walk to raise awareness

about the prevalence

of sexual misconduct

on college campuses.

During the event, the

college community

came together to

march from the Heim

Science Building

to Clarke Chapel to

listen to speakers,

poets, watch dances

in support of survivors

and individuals in the

campus community.

Take Back the Night Event