Take Back the Night is a global movement dating back to at least 1975 that protests gender-based violence, and 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 and members of racialized and indigenous communities are at least twice as likely to experience sexual violence.
Our theme for 2021’s Take Back the Night is Apart, but Not Alone. While the continued pandemic means that we cannot march and rally as we are used to, we’re still ready to speak out. This year’s event will streamed live on Youtube, including hearing from survivors, screening community gatherings in the weeks leading up to TBTN, and a live candlelight vigil in rebrance of suvivors and those lost to gender-based violence. We hope that you can join us live on September 10th at 7:00pm — for more information on our livestream and how you can watch it, click here.
We hope to see many of you engage with us in our virtual spaces in the weeks before Take Back The Night and on the evening of September 10th. For those who would like to hold a small rally and march in their communities to commemorate Take Back The Night, we ask that you kindly follow the protocols set by Ontario’s Public Health authorities (you can see those details here).