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N EW U NIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IR VINE Volume 47, Issue 25 /thenewuniversity @newuniversity @NewUniversity Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Anteaters Stand Up to Sexual Assualt at Community Service Programs. Knox educated the audience about gender identities and how the soci-ety socializes men and women to believe they need to act a certain way. “We are trained in a society to value girls and women based on their appearances and not on what they can do or who they are,” Knox said. Both talked about how the cul-ture further perpetuates the message that women are sexual beings and are the ones to blame for sexual assault. Foor became particularly open on this issue, strongly stating this: “What social norm compelled Dolce and Gabana to slather our cities with monstrous billboards in which one woman encircled by five males, one holding her down in preparation for a gang rape? What norm prevented us from demanding that those billboards be removed?” After the three speakers gave powerful speeches to raise aware-ness and consciousness regarding sexual violence, the program con-tinued into a candlelight ceremony as hundreds of students marched around campus to speak out. Their loud cries reverberated across cam-pus, shouting slogans like “Join together, free our lives, we will not be victimized!”, “Take back the night, the time is near, we will not be controlled by fear!” and “Yes means yes, no means no, whatever we wear, wherever we go!” The march then went into a time of silence as participants walked along solemnly, remembering those who have been victims of injustice. Tiny flames from the candles flickered brightly against the night. Elsa Sanchez, a second-year his-tory major, remembered her family members who were survivors of sexual violence. “You connect more with it when you see the way it’s affected your loved ones, the way it has scared them for life,” she said. “I find it motivating that so many people are coming together to participate in an event that is so liberating.” See NIGHT , page 4 Volunteers light candles for the annual vigil and march around Ring Road to bring sexual assualt awareness. By Joyce Chu Staff Writer Hundreds of students rallied together near the flagpoles on the night of Wed., April 17, to take a stand against sexual violence during UC Irvine’s annual Take Back the Night event. Take Back the Night started at 7 p.m. with a musical performance and an opening speech by Director of UCI Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE) Dr. Mandy Mount. The entire staircase was packed, with many other students hovering behind to listen. “I am saddened that we live in a country where one in three women and one in six men can expect to be victimized by a completed or PHUC PHAM | Staff Photographer attempted sexual assault in their lifetime,” Mount said. “Where our students who enter into college excited about living on their own … end up being sexually violated by people they trust, taken advantage of while they are vulnerable.” Following Mount’s speech was a speech by Mike Knox, director of UCI New Student Programs, and Dawn Foor, senior supervisor Club Fights Against Human Trafficking By Soyoung Lee The International Justice Mission Club at UC Irvine held the first Stand For Freedom event on April 17 in light of the nation-wide fight against sexual slav-ery and trafficking. This event focused on the issue of mod-ern day slavery, which currently affects an estimated 29.3 million people worldwide. The event included a guest speaker, poetry reading and dance performances. The club also took donations for their cause and had home baked goods, shirts and wristbands that spelled out “SEEK JUSTICE.” The International Justice Mission (IJM), the club that host-ed the event, is “a human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and oppression.” Other IJM clubs on different campuses across the country also took part in the Stand For Freedom event on April 9. “Stand for Freedom — we’re holding it to raise awareness about human trafficking,” IJM Co-President Dristi Angdembey said. “Even in the OC, human traf-ficking happens but most people don’t know about it.” Angdembey emphasized the importance of awareness for their fight against modern day slav-ery, explaining the club’s long term goal. “We want to raise awareness about human traffick-ing happening locally, as well as worldwide.” This event lasted an hour, from noon to 1 p.m. Angdembey expressed that her original wish for the club was “to stand up for 24 hours to represent, to stand for the 29.3 million people who are enslaved but we can’t do that on campus because of campus policies. We’re not allowed to stay for 24 hours. We tried but we couldn’t, so this is the second best.” The IJM is a group that reg-ularly collaborates with other organizations. Angdembey stat-ed, “In the OC, we have this thing called OC Human Trafficking Task Force which works with the CSB community service pro-grams and police departments and Anaheim, around Santa Ana, all the OC cities, and it’s pretty good. They’re doing a lot of good work. In between 2011 and 2013, they’ve served over 200 clients.” These clients, victims of sex-ual abuse and exploitation, are then aided by such programs to create different futures for them-selves, as these programs give men and women a chance at hav-ing new, independent lives. “They’ve rescued them and gave them options on what to do. Most of these girls, they’re con-sidered prostitutes because it’s not always clear who is being Members of the International Justice Mission Club’s UCI branch speak about the horrors of human trafficking. trafficked or not and the case workers, people at the task force, along with the police workers, they try to see how to help them,” Angdembey said. She explained the reality of the situation for girls trapped in the trade. “Most of the people in the sex trade are not there voluntarily. They say they are but they are coerced to doing it and that is basically what human trafficking is, forcing someone to do something that they don’t want to do. It’s basically modern day slavery.” When asked why Angdembey was so passionate about this cause, she gave her raw and per-sonal reasons: “I have been in this campus chapter for three years now. I’m originally from Nepal. Human trafficking is a big issue there and growing up there, I would always hear about people getting coerced, people in the villages. I would always hear stories, mostly girls, get-COURTESY OF JOYCE CHU ting duped into prostitution and brothels, or people getting kid-napped. Growing up, I’ve always wanted to do something related to social justice and since human trafficking hit so close to home for me, I want to help.” Angela Simmons is a third-year UCI student that attended the event. She pointed out, “This conversation needs to happen and people need to be aware that See FREEDOM , page 4 Entertainment Kababayan’s 35th Pilipino-American Cultural Night, produced by Rachel Ann Cauilan. Opinion A deeper look into housing experiences at UCI. features Learn more about intricacies of UCI’s drumming group, Jodaiko. UCI Men’s Baseball takes on the San Diego State University Aztecs. Sports PG 11 PG 6 PG 8 PG 13

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