Take Back the Night
Lighting Up The Night Together & Shedding Light on GBV
Violence thrives in silence and in darkness. Join us in lighting up the night together.
The goal is to Take Back The Night by showing support and solidarity. Let’s come together as a community to light up the Nipissing District with movement, messages, art, and commitments to ending sexual and gender-based violence.
Let’s shed light on a pandemic that is often silenced and pushed into the dark.
Why Take Back The Night ?
Gender-based violence has been its own pandemic prior to COVID-19. However, with at-home orders, and service restrictions, there has been an increasing number of gender-based violence within the home. Survivors have also been isolated from loved ones, service providers and key supports. Take Back the Night is an opportunity to bring light to this hidden pandemic, donations for free support & education services, and to show solidarity/ allyship within Nipissing District.
1 in 3 women/ girls, 1 in 2 trans-people, and 1 in 4 boys/ men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. The rate of sexual assault for Canadians aged 15 to 24 is 18 times higher than that of Canadians aged 55 and older. It is estimated that numbers for all instances sexual and/ or gender-based violence are underreported due to barriers and stigma associated with reporting (The World Health Organization, National Sexual Violence Resource Centre, and Rainbow Youth Ontario).
Take Back The Night 2022
Take Back the Night began in the 70’s as a street march hosted in solidarity and protest against street violence and harassment. This year we were excited to be able to hold an in-person event and march. We were also able to host an in-person Luminary Decorating outreach event at Nipissing University and an in-person sign-making event at the office leading up to Take Back The Night. We continued with our multiyear theme of ‘Lighting Up The Night & Shedding Light On Gender Based Violence Together’.
All events were well attended with our Take Back The Night event and march garnering 50-75 people. We are so grateful to our community and community partners for helping to make this event the success it was.
Keep your eyes peeled for details on Take Back The Night 2023!
Let’s lead with revolution,
The Amelia Rising Team