U.S. Sen. Stabenow speaking at "Take Back the Night" on October 18th. Stabenow is being challenged by John James to represent Michigan's 8th district in the Senate. DEARBORN Mich. (Photo Courtesy of WILL)

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow urged students to vote less than three weeks ahead of her
Senate race against John James at the “Take Back the Night” event last Wednesday.

Take Back the Night is a yearly event hosted by the Women’s Resource Center
(WRC) and the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) to raise awareness about
sexual assault, and provide a safe space for students to share their stories. Students
participate in a campus-wide march, as well as open sessions for sexual assault
survivors to share their experiences.

Sen. Stabenow made multiple references to Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford, a professor
who accused incoming Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her in
high school. Senator Stabenow commended her bravery and urged students to turn
their outrage into action.

“We need to act and do something about it, we can make sure that there are people
in elected office who do understand and do care,” Stabenow said. “And in addition to
marching and walking and taking back the night, we need to take back our
government so that we have people there who will believe Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford
and any other women or man that comes forward.”

After Stabenow’s speech, students marched across campus, holding signs with
messages such as “Silence in not consent” and “A short dress doesn’t mean yes.” The
march began and ended in Kochoff Hall, where the event was held.

The 18-year Senator representing Michigan’s 8 th congressional district makes her
appearance less than three weeks before the Nov. 6 elections, in a race that pits her
against Republican challenger John James. James, a newcomer, called Stabenow
“ineffective” at a debate in early October, and called for a change in direction.

Stabenow challenged Jones at the debate over his seeming lack of specific policy
prescriptions, and his support from President Donald Drumpf.

Voting opens Tuesday, November 6th .


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