Hate sexual assault? Next week’s Take Back the Night events beckon you. Join your fellow students in breaking the silence of sexual violence and assault.

The March
Day: Tuesday, April 14
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza to Bancroft Way to College Avenue through the units

Holding candles and DIY signs, students and community members will show their solidarity against sexual violence.

The Rally

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Thursday, April 16
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza

It’s empowerment through the arts as people share their stories, poetry and music.

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Take Back the Night 2009 [Website]

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Believe it or not, the skirt creeper story is a big deal–perhaps even bigger outside the Berkeley campus. Here’s what the local media had to say about Wednesday’s skirt rally.

* Daily Planet has a sick editorial cartoon. And we don’t mean “sick” in a good way. [Daily Planet]

* Video from the Daily Cal. Just say “no” to fear. [YouTube]

* San Jose Merc came all the way up for this? Their tale puts the estimate at 50 people. [Merc]

* This one’s complete with almost up-the-skirt shots and the phrase “this DEEviant.” [CBS 5]

* This guy tells us that the predator “puts his fingers basically where they don’t belong” and reassures us it’s not a “prank.” NSS. [KRON]

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On Wednesday, the skirts will have it. A variety of groups on campus–Berkeley NOW, V-Day and Women’s Identity and Sexuality Small Group–will host a protest of sorts in response to the spate of recent sexual assaults around campus. Last week we blogged about the skirt creeper, but just this weekend he’s added two more assaults to his growing tally.

The rally’s designed to let women “feel safe wearing whatever we choose,” which is important considering that the Daily Cal states that the most recent victims were not wearing skirts. Seriously, someone needs to mace this guy.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 4
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Upper Sproul Plaza

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SKIRT RALLY [Facebook]
Two more Berkeley skirt-lifting attacks [SF Chron]
Two Additional Victims Assaulted in Ongoing Series [Daily Cal]

Berkeley police released this sketch of the late night skirt creeper who’s been sexually assaulting women around campus.

The counts of sexual assaults now clock in at 13. He tends to attack between 10 p.m and 3 a.m. on the south side of campus. He’s described as white, in his 20s or 30s, around 5 feet and 10 inches. He is of medium build and has short, dark wavy hair.

Be vigilant! And above all, please be safe.

Image Source: Berkeley Police Department
Berkeley skirt-lifting assailant strikes again [SF Chron]
Also: Police Release Sketch of Sexual Assault Suspect [Daily Cal]

Thankfully, there were no major casualties in a south Berkeley residential neighborhood after a gunman sent one man and three women to a hospital around 1 a.m. The motive is unknown, but there’s no doubt the area is relatively shaken. The shooting follows a streak of sexual assaults in the city, one in which a man exposed himself to an unsuspecting woman who let him into her household.

Just a friendly reminder to Summer Session students, CalSo kids and jaded residents that no matter how deep in the Berkeley bubble you are, always watch your back and lock your doors. Oh, and try to stay away from those train tracks, too.

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Four injured in Berkeley shooting [Mercury News]