Take Back the Night is a global movement dating back to at least 1975 that protests gender-based violence and more specifically, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. Everyone has the right to safety, wherever they may be — whether at home, at work, on the street, or anywhere else.
Sexual violence is horrifically common in our communities and we must take a stand. We know that in Canada, at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes. We also know that members of the 2SLBGTQIA+ community are at least three times as likely to experience sexual violence. Disabled people and members of racialized and indigenous communities are at least twice as likely to experience sexual violence.
We're still in the process of planning for 2022's Take Back the Night in York Region. When we have information to share, we'll update our site and social media!
Our theme for 2021’s Take Back the Night was Apart, but Not Alone. While the continued pandemic meant that we couldn't march and rally as we are used to, we were still ready to speak out. We streamed the event live on Youtube, where we heard from survivors, watched community gatherings in the weeks leading up to TBTN, and held a live candlelight vigil in remembrance of survivors and those lost to gender-based violence. To watch last year's event, click here.