Central Texas College once again hosted its annual Take Back the Night event at its Killeen campus on Tuesday afternoon.
The event was one of thousands of Take Back the Night events around the United States aimed at raising public awareness about issues such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.
“The whole premise is to enlighten people, get them information and raise that awareness,” said Bruce Vasbinder, a spokesman for the college.
Held in the college campus center, this year’s event featured a number of speakers lecturing on topics related to sexual assault and domestic violence, including Barbara Stephens, a representative from Fort Hood’s Family Advocacy Program.
Stephens outlined different forms of abuse, as well as the difficulties that abused spouses and partners have leaving the relationships.
“Sometimes it’s just the way they were raised or even their religious beliefs,” she said. “Statistics show that it takes an average of seven (instances) of them being abused and going back before they are able to leave for good.”
Stephens also spoke about the resources available to those who have suffered any kind of abuse. She noted that the military’s recent decisions regarding same-sex servicemembers should encourage those in same-sex relationships who experience abuse to seek help as well.
Other speakers included Leah Jones, a representative of a new parent support program, and Shanequa Legree, a local business owner whose company sells self-defense products.
Vendors and organizations were also on hand to distribute information and literature related to abuse and sexual assault.