Panel of experts presents at Take Back the Night event
A panel of experts shared their experience and answered questions from an audience of more than 100 students, faculty, and community members during Take Back the Night. Hosted by the BHSU Psych Club, Take Back the Night was designed to increase sexual assault awareness.

More than 100 students from Black Hills State University, faculty, and community members attended Take Back the Night, an event designed to increase sexual assault awareness, hosted by the BHSU Psych Club.

For the past four years the BHSU Psych Club has hosted this event with help from the BHSU student theatre organization Props and Liners.

According to Matt McGee, Psych Club president, the event focuses on the victims who have spoken out about the assault they suffered, how to prevent assault, and most importantly cope with it.

A panel of experts shared their experience and answered questions from the audience. The panel included: Mary Koens, director of Artemis house and member of Sexual Abuse Response Team (SART); Lacey Joens, director of Emergency Department at Spearfish Regional Hospital and SART member; Julie Maas, counselor at BHSU Counseling Center and SART member; Dr. Jim Hess, professor of psychology, chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, and retired psychological therapist; and Phil Pesheck , senior campus security officer of BHSU Public Safety and retired police officer.

“The panel was extremely informative and had a lot to share about sexual assault and what to do in the event you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault,” noted McGee.