Daisy Coleman and Charlie Coleman, from a Netflix documentary about sexual assault, were the featured speakers at Take Back the Night, where they shared about their experiences and about the creation of SafeBAE, which helps raise awareness for sexual assault and harassment. The event was held in Bruder Theatre last Wednesday and was planned by SOS, a group that works with survivors of abuse.
“Take Back the Night is an international event, the mission is about ending sexual relationship and domestic violence in all forms, and it has hundreds of events in around thirty countries annually,” said Adele Clark, sexual assault advocate at SOS. “It also includes, like we’re doing tonight, a survivor speakout, main speaker, a march, a rally and it’s really just to bring awareness to sexual violence.”
The documentary that Daisy and Charlie Coleman are known for is “Audrie & Daisy.” it discusses the personal sexual assault story of Daisy Coleman and Audrie Pott. At the event Daisy and Charlie spoke out about what they went through, finishing with a question and answer session.
“Ever since then, I realized that this is kind of an epidemic that’s starting in high school and middle school, and so from there that’s when we decided to create SafeBAE,” Daisy Coleman said. “Basically we travel school to school and we talk about sexual violence and how it affected us, and how you guys can treat people differently.”
SafeBAE is an organization Daisy and Charlie Coleman helped to fund that is aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault in middle school and high school.
“I thought, I really have to be a part of something to take care of this and I can step in in a special way with this organization (SafeBAE) that my sister has been talking about, and I stepped up and decided I was going to start speaking with SafeBAE as well because I wanted to educate young men,” Charlie Coleman said.
In addition to the discussion, they offered a chance for other survivors to speak out at the event, as well as ending with a march across campus to raise awareness for sexual assault.
“I’ve never been in a situation like that,” said Garrett VanArsdale, senior music performance major, before he sang and played for the audience. “So, this is my way of speaking out and encouraging anybody who’s ever felt victimized, and less than, and afraid of their life and what it’s done to them, to rise up and overcome it.”