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Resources on sexual assault, date rape, harassment of all kinds. Supporting annual student-run ISU event, usually scheduled for November. Related campus initiatives also included.

2023 Event Flyer and Information




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2022 Take Back the Night

Wednesday, October 26

11:00 am -1:00 pm:  Stop and Learn: Silence Hides Violence/End Rape Culture in the Commons

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Tie dying, button making and ribbon making in Normal Hall.

Wednesday, November 2

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Panel discussion over “Gender-Based Violence through the Lens of Intersectionality,” in the Normal Hall Rotunda.  We will swipe students in and out.

Wednesday November 9

6:00-7:00pm Take Back the Night 2022 rally and march, followed by resource fair.  Starts in Normal Hall. We will swipe students in and out and students who stay to the end will have a chance to get a free t-shirt or bandana! Hot chocolate and cookies. 

2020 & 2021 Info

2021 Flyer 

Take Back the Night 2021


2020 theme: "Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Power"

Date: November 18, 2020 from 5pm - 9pm, Dede I, II, and III

Program begins at 6pm


Guest Speaker: Rebecca Moore {CODA}


#SycamoresTBTN   ~~~ Facebook: ISUtbtn2020


TBTN 2020 Flyer

TBTN 2020 - more images

2015 TBN: Flyer

Promo Video

TBN @ ISU: campus links

For information: Katherine Fredlund (teaching GNDR 450)

Twitter feed:




    • Alpha Phi (2014)
    • Alpha Chi Omega (2014 & 2015)
    • Aimee Janssen Robinson (2014 & 2015)
    • Baptist Collegiate Ministry (2015)
    • Black Student Union (2014)
    • Counseling Center (2014)
    • Equal Opportunity/Title IX Office (2015)
    • Feminist Majority (2014 & 2015)
    • ISU Public Safety (2015)
    • Lambda Chi Alpha (2014)
    • PIKE (2015)
    • Sisters Too (2014)
    • University College (2015)
    • Women’s Advisory Board (2015)
    • Women's Studies (2014); now Gender Studies (2015)
    • Women's Club Volleyball (2014)



  • American Association of University Women (2014 & 2015)
  • Be Free (2014)
  • CODA (2014 & 2015)
  • Consent Program (2014)
  • Conner's Women's Center (2014)
  • Forces Voices (2015)
  • NAACP (2014)
  • NPHC (2014)
  • SASS (2014 & 2015)
  • SAAS (2014)
  • Spectrum (2015)
  • Terre Haute Police (2014)
  • Timmy Global Health (2014)



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Take Back the Night - Additional Programming


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Sexual Assault: GET HELP NOW

What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?

  • Get to a safe location. If you are unsure where to go or can think of nowhere that is safe for you at this time, please consider calling ISU Police (812-237-5555) or 911 or The Council On Domestic Abuse (CODA) 812-232-1736 or 1-800-566-2632.
  • Consider asking a trusted friend or relative to be with you for support.
  • Seek medical care as soon as possible.You may need to receive basic medical treatment for injuries, and you may have injuries of which you are not aware at this time. You also may be at risk of acquiring a sexual transmitted infection (and women may also be at risk for pregnancy). Trained staff at the local emergency rooms can speak with you about all of the medical options available at this time.
  • Consider calling a member of the Sexual Violence Response Team (SART). SVRT members work closely with campus resources and may assist you in determining what, if any, steps you wish to take. They can put you in touch with the University Police, Student Counseling Center, as well as off-campus resources.
  • You may choose to file a report with University Police or local police. Reporting the attack does not require that you file criminal charges, but rather, it puts in place supports systems that you may choose to use.
  • Preserve all evidence of the attack.If you choose to file a report with the police, it is important that you:
    • do not bathe, wash your hands, brush your teeth, drink, eat, or even use the restroom—all these things can destroy evidence that may be helpful in a criminal investigation; however, if you have done any of these things since the attack, evidence can still be collected
    • do not clean or remove anything from the location where the attack occurred
    • write down as much as you can recall about the attack and the perpetrator
  • Please seek some form of emotional support. While taking care of your physical needs may be the first step in taking care of yourself, it is important not to neglect the emotions you may be experiencing as a result of the assault. The Student Counseling Center has staff that is specially trained to assist students with recovery and healing.
  • It is your choice to determine when and in what manner you recover from your trauma. Give yourself the time you need and know that it is never too late to get help.
  • Know that what happened was not your fault.
  • Male Survivors

    While society tends to focus on female survivors, men are also victims of sexual assault. In fact, 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual assault.¹ Sexual assault is devastating to all victims, regardless of gender.

    As a man, there are special issues that may be different for you. For example, you may be reluctant to be examined by a medical professional or you may hesitate to report the assault to law enforcement officials for fear of ridicule or fear that they won't believe you. The same feelings apply to telling other people you know and to finding appropriate resources and support. In addition, you may be feeling some doubt about your masculinity or sexuality. Remember, sexual assault is a crime of violence and power, not sex. You have done nothing to justify this attack.

    It is important for you to know that you are not alone. There are several forms of help available to you, both on-campus and in the community. This is true even if you experienced the assault when you were very young and only now are realizing that you need help. For on-campus resources, please contact the Student Counseling Center or a member of the Sexual Violence Response Team (SVRT).

    The following online resources may also be helpful:

    LGBTQ Survivors

    Sexual assault is devastating to all victims, regardless of gender, gender identification or sexual orientation. In addition to the fears and concerns that any survivor of sexual assault may have, you may have some that are specifically related to being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. These concerns may not only be about what occurred during the assault, but how you will be treated by the health care and justice systems, your friends, family, and if you are in a relationship, your partner.

    Some issues you may be dealing with include:

    • Fear of disclosure to friends, family and/or employees.
    • Fear that your sexual orientation or gender identification will be seen as your central "issue" to health care providers, instead of the assault.
    • Concerns that your case will not be taken seriously because of your sexual orientation or gender identification.
    • Questioning your sexual orientation or gender identification after the assault.
    • Feelings of vulnerability, guilt or self-blame.

    It may be helpful to know that you will not be required to disclose your sexual orientation to anyone, unless you choose to do so. Regardless of how you feel about your sexuality - still questioning, closeted, or totally "out" - you are entitled to the same sensitive treatment heterosexual survivors should receive.

    If you suspect or know that the assailant knew you were lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning, you may want to report the assailant to the Hate Crime National Hotline 206-350-HATE (4283).

    Above all, it is important to remember that the assault is not your fault. This may be hard to acknowledge if you are coming to terms with your sexuality or gender identification, or if the assailant indicated that he/she knew of your orientation. Remember, you have the right to services that are non-judgmental and to surround yourself with those who can emotionally support you through the healing process. There are on-campus resources that can help. Call the Student Counseling Center (812-237-3939) or contact a member of the Sexual Violence Response Team (SVRT).

    These online resources may also be helpful: (for LGBTQ survivors) (for intersex and transgender survivors)


It's On Blue - 2015

It's On Blue


'It's on Blue' launched August 13, 2015

Indiana State University is committed to the prevention of sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence and stalking.

The "It's On Blue" sexual misconduct prevention and education initiative will launch today. This university-wide initiative is designed to create a culture of care, safety, and support within the campus community. One aspect of the It's On Blue initiative is an online prevention and education program designed specifically for employees.

On August, 13, all employees will receive an email with a link to complete the "It's On Blue" training. Please see the booth at the Welcome Back picnic or click the link below for more information.

As stated in the university's Policy Prohibiting Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, and Stalking, all employees are required to complete this online training. Our goal for completion of the program is Sept. 30. Prizes for completion are available!

More information on the It's On Blue initiative is available at

TBN: Local Events



The Forces and Voices Project is an organization for survivors of sexual assault.  This is a web based organization that connects survivors and their support systems to services to help promote healing.  The Premier Event to kickoff the organization is being held September 18th at 6:00pm at Gibault Children's Services in Terre Haute. Breaking Our Silence, the project's PSA, will be premiering. Also, there will also be a viewing of a documentary on sexual assault on college campuses entitled The Hunting Ground. This event is open to everyone, providers, parents, victims advocates, survivors, teachers, EVERYONE.  Please help spread the word. 

TBN @ ISU: Local Resources & Other Events

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response CoalitionThe mission of the SVPRC is:

The Sexual Violence Coalition is a collaborative effort by concerned Sycamores to bring the seriousness of this problem to the forefront on the Indiana State University Campus. Our goal is to reduce sexual assault risks and affect attitudinal and behavioral changes through: meaningful education programs, prompt and compassionate response to incidents of sexual violence and coordination of relationships between campus and community systems. We challenge faculty, staff, students and community members to work toward the elimination of violence toward all people on our campus.


(812) 232-1736 or (800) 566-2632


Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April