Take Back the Night


“Reclaiming Our Bodies, Our Spaces, Our Voices”

1:3 women and 1:6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. 

SEPTEMBER 20th, 2018 @ Confederation Basin

 6:30pm – We Gather

 7:00pm –  We Rally

 7:30pm – We March

All are welcome to join us!


Take Back the Night is an annual event organized by SAC Kingston in collaboration with a number of community partners, including but not limited to Kingston Interval House,  Consensual Humans, ETFO and many more!   TBTN is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to come together to stand up against sexual and domestic violence.

We Gather at 6:30 p.m. Teal Polkadots Water Bottle Label

Please join us for activities in the park includin

  • Face Painting
  • Poster Making
  • Live Music
  • Community Booths
  • Post Card Writing to the Premier Doug Ford
  • Water Buggy graciously provided by the City of Kingston (BYOWB)

We Rally at 7:00 p.m. 

Join us as our community agencies address changing legislation. We encourage all who are empowered to join us on stage to share their voice during our open mic session.

We March at 7:30 p.m.

This year, we will start our route at Confederation Basin on Ontario Street, then up Brock St. to Wellingston St. Our March will end by going down Clarence St. back to Confederation Basin. This route has been shorten to be inclusive for those with mobility challenges. If you have any concerns about route accessibility, please contact Samantha Galati at (613) 545-0762 ext. 106 or intake@sackingston.com.

tbtn route

The History of Take Back the Night

Information taken from takebackthenight.org

Take Back the Night is the first worldwide effort to combat sexual violence and violence against women. In the 70’s the issue of violence against women became a topic of public conversation when a number of incidents garnered media attention.

  • In 1972, a group of women at the University of Southern Florida marched through campus demanding resources and safety for women.
  • In 1973, San Francisco citizens protested violent “snuff” pornography films.
  • In October 1975 , Philadelphia’s citizens held a public march after the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth.  Susan was stabbed to death on the sidewalk near her home after work.
  • In 1976, a tribunal council of women from dozens of countries met in Belgium to discuss unsafe conditions for women.

Canadian Leadership through the Take Back the Night Foundation

Canadians held a march to protest sexual violence in 1978 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Vancouver Rape Relief held Take Back The Night marches from 1980-1985. In 1981, The Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centers declared the third Friday of September to be the evening for Take Back The Night marches nationwide.  Hundreds of communities throughout Canada hold events in September and have been featured as TBTNF’s 10 Points of Light to Take Back the Night.

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