Events, advocates raise awareness about sexual assault in Lansing area

Apr 15, 2014

Take Back the Night is a daylong series of events that aims to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and a number of events have been happening across the MSU campus and in the Lansing area to bring attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence. Today, in particular, there are numerous events planned as part of Take Back the Night, including workshops, art displays, a candlelight vigil, and a march down Michigan Avenue from campus to the capital steps. Current State's Joe Linstroth spoke with two young leaders on campus about sexual assault.

Rachel Burzack is the coordinator of today’s Take Back the Night events, and Laura Swanson is putting the finishing touches on a documentary film called "Every Two Minutes" about sexual assault in the MSU and Lansing community. They both are also volunteers with the Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team, so when they’re on call, they get paged when someone reports a sexual assault at the hospital.