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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