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An apology to our community

Alex Coccia | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We would like to apologize.
We are sorry.
We have failed. 
Whenever someone in the Notre Dame community is sexually assaulted, whenever someone is raped or whenever an individual feels unsafe, we have failed as a community. 
When these incidents are treated as material for a new joke, used as humorous props or disregarded completely, we have failed as a community.
When we do not acknowledge crime reports are about our peers, classmates and neighbors, we have failed as a community. 
Take Back the Night is about healing for the victims. Take Back the Night is about recognizing the needs of those affected in our community. Take Back the Night is an opportunity to understand no incident of sexual assault or rape occurs in solitude and to pledge a commitment as a community to engage in a process of healing and prevention.  
As members of the Notre Dame family – students, faculty and staff alike – we must acknowledge sexual violence is unacceptable and stand in solidarity with those who have experienced it. Tonight, we will take part in Take Back the Night as a community and commit to being our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Alex Coccia
student body president
Siegfried Hall

Nancy Joyce
student body vice president
Welsh Family Hall
Monica Daegele
director of gender issues
Farley Hall
Juan Rangel
student body chief of staff
Siegfried Hall

Catherine Kromkowski
director of communications
McGlinn Hall

Jacob Armijo
executive controller
Siegfried Hall
Matthew Munhall
director of social concerns
Keenan Hall