Take Back the Night


It’s that time of year — Take Back the Night events, which raise awareness about sexual violence, are taking place on college campuses across the country. NYU’s TBTN will serve as an end to a week of sexual violence awareness-raising. It’s happening on Thursday April 12th at 5pm with a rally in Washington Square Park and a march to Union Square. I will most certainly be there (although a little late, since I have class), and can vouch that it’s a great event — I went every year in college, and never failed to be inspired and impressed.

Barnard/Columbia’s Take Back the Night is happening the next week, on April 19th. The march starts at 8pm, and the speakout is at 10. I’m going to try to make it to that one, too. From the Barnard TBTN coordinators:

We march because we should be able to wear whatever we want.
We march because men are survivors too.
We march because domestic violence is a problem in all communities.
We march because family and friends share the pain.
We march because no one should have to be afraid.

Tonight is a night of survival in the most active sense of the word.
We shout to combat the silence that is forced upon us.

Join us for Columbia University’s annual march against relationship and sexual violence, Take Back the Night. We will meet in front of Barnard Hall at 8pm on Thursday, April 19th. The speakout will follow and last as long as people stay. We invite you to come to any and all parts of the march and speakout.

Food will be served. Free childcare is available.

Tonight is a night of unity.
We march because we recognize only together can we break the cycle of violence. With rage we march and with strength we speak.

Having a Take Back the Night event at your school? Post the info in the comments!

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10 comments for “Take Back the Night

  1. Roy
    April 9, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    If you’re in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, it’s happening Friday the 13th at 7:00 at the Diag.
    More info here.

  2. Tim
    April 9, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Glad you posted this…I didn’t know there was such an event.

  3. April 9, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    I wrote a song about this event the other day. I’ll have to record it!

  4. CScarlet
    April 9, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Smith College’s, in Northampton MA, Take Back The Night is Friday April 13th, 7:30, on the Campus Center steps aka Chapin Lawn.

  5. Jen
    April 9, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    Whoa. Definitely didn’t expect someone to have already posted Smith’s info. Word.
    But PS about Smith’s TBTN: There won’t be a march. Just a speakout and a candlelight vigil. Both, though, still (obviously) powerful and worth attending! There will also be at least one trained (and wonderful) sexual assault counselor on hand at the event.
    Annnnd we’ve also got the Clothesline Project up all week, all day/every day (unless it rains), on Seelye lawn. And a couple other events this week, but I don’t want this comment to be too long. Contact: aware(at)smith(dot)edu

  6. April 10, 2007 at 8:39 am

    Take Back the Night– University of Virginia style (Charlottesville, VA!!!)

    Thursday, April 12th
    Rally Downtown at Lee Park – 6pm
    March to UVa from Lee Park – 7:30pm
    Speak out in the Amphitheater – 8:30pm

    for more info email me!

  7. Jess
    April 10, 2007 at 11:18 am

    We were just talking about Ann Arbors Take Back The Night event in my women’s studies class. Im a student at Adrian College and lately we have been feeling less then safe here. There are incidents that happen to girls around our campus that our administration feels like blowing off, covering up, or pushing aside as “not a big deal.” We thought about having our own Take Back The Night, but then we realized that we probably wouldn’t recieve much support or participation. Sure it sounds good in our women’s studies class, but much of campus isnt even aware of the threats that are taking place against the girls here. We then thought about attending different campus’s take back the night’s, but that wouldnt help our OWN problem. I hope that we can find a way to get support from different campus’s to come here and help us put on our own Take Back The Night with many participants.

  8. Shira
    April 10, 2007 at 11:56 am

    UC Berkeley is having a Take Back the Night candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 12th from 6-8:30 PM on the steps of Sproul Hall. There will be various speakers, primarily women telling their own stories of rape and sexual harassment.

  9. KC
    April 10, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)

    Thursday, April 12th
    Vigil – 8:00 PM, and Post-vigil gathering 10:00 PM
    Thwing Atrium

    Friday, April 13th 8:00 PM
    Benifit concert for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
    At The Spot (on campus bar of sorts)
    $5 admission, or $3 with something from the Rape Crisis Center’s Wish List, including new clothing, toys, or art supplies.

  10. Jen
    April 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm


    You don’t need to have a huge contingency to start your own TBTN event. If you’ve got an entire (or even most) women’s studies class into it, you’ve got plenty of people to organize it and pull it off. If people aren’t aware it’s an issue, make them aware. And make them care.
    My advice to you is to get these people in your wst class together and plan (if you can’t pull it off for this year, plan for next year, and follow through). Try to contact one of the people from Ann Arbor who’s organizing the march there to get some pointers and ideas, talk to people elsewhere to get ideas, but you definitely don’t need to rely on them for a successful event. Don’t get discouraged if turnout is low – it usually will be the first year it happens. It’ll grow. If you’re worried about it, though, maybe condense it to just a speak-out for the first year, then add the march for next year. (Oh, and don’t underestimate the power of Facebook events. I just got back from an event that managed to pull in 43 people – about 35 more than i’d expected would show…something I attribute largely to the facebook event I made.)
    Good luck!

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