1:3 women and 1:6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
Take Back the Night will be a VIRTUAL Event this year on September 24th!
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.