The first Take Back the Night event was held in 1978 and led by women in San Francisco. They used this event to object to the violence and fear women experienced for simply being a woman. The event centers around reclaiming the night as a safe space for women and survivors of sexual violence, with participants using their voices to empower survivors and oppose brutality.
How will we rally for Take Back the Night on our campus? One way in which the CARE office will be doing so is by marching around campus to spread awareness of and protest sexual violence on our campus. The march is an important aspect of Take Back the Night as it has historically become a call to end sexual violence in a community.
The CARE team and anyone who wants to participate will be meeting at the New Beginnings Sculpture on our campus for the march that will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.
Beforehand, signs that protest sexual violence and spread awareness of the night will be passed out to participants, and chants and sayings will also be learned prior to six pm as well. Feel free to meet with the CARE team at the New Beginnings Sculpture before the beginning of the march to get a sign and learn some chants.
If you’re interested in creating your own sign for the event the CARE office will be hosting two poster-making parties in which participants will be able to create their own signs that either protest sexual violence, empower survivors, or spread awareness of the event. These two events will be held on April 3rd in KL 169 (The Multicultural Center) from 5 pm - 7 pm. and April 4th in Granite Pass 103 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm. The map to the march could be located by clicking here (tbtn_2_march_route_1.pdf)