Take Back the Night!
- 1 in 3 women worldwide experience some form of sexual violence or intimate partner violence.
- 1 in 6 men experience sexual violence or intimate partner violence.
- Less than 50 percent of victims report these crimes.
Georgia State University’s Student Victim Assistance partners with the campus and community annually to host Take Back the Night, bringing awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault. Since the 1970’s in the United States, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual violence, in all forms, and thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers and rape crisis centers have sponsored events all over the country. Hundreds of events are held in over 30 countries annually.
The first known Take Back the Night march in the United States was organized in San Francisco, California on November 4, 1978. While the march began as a way to protest the violence that women experienced while walking in public at night, the purpose of these marches was to speak out against this violence and raise community awareness as a preventive measure against future violence. The movement has since grown to encompass all forms of violence against all persons, though violence against women-identified folks is still the movement’s main focus. The word night was originally meant to be taken literally to express the fear that many women feel during the night but has since changed to symbolize a fear of violence in general. This helps the movement incorporate other concerns such as domestic violence and sexual abuse within the home. The march has grown from a widely publicized event taking place in major cities to an event happening internationally from large metropolitan areas to small college campuses, all advocating for the right of everyone to feel safe from violence.
Events typically consist of a rally followed by a march and often a speak-out or candlelight vigil on violence against women. Early marches were often deliberately women only to symbolize women’s individual walk through darkness and to demonstrate that women united can resist fear and violence.
What are the 10 Points of Light?
On the last Thursday in October and again in April, Take Back the Night holds a nation-wide event in ten locations around the United States. These communities unite to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual violence through speeches, marches, performances and vigils. For more information, visit Take Back the Night: 10 Points of Light.
Georgia State University’s Take Back the Night 2017 will be held April 24, 5 – 7 p.m. in Unity Plaza. For more information, contact Student Victim Assistance at 404-413-1965. Student Victim Assistance staff want to be sure students who have been victimized have all of the information, resources and support available to them. Student Victim Assistance is here to assist victimized students as they figure out what they need and how they would like to move forward. Students who would like to make an appointment can contact Student Victim Assistance at 404-413-1965 for confidential support.