Tahoe Women’s Services: Take Back the Night
April 9, 2009
The origins of Take Back the Nigh have been disputed for years. However, we do know that protests about women’s nightly safety originated in Europe. The marches came stateside in 1978 when protesters in San Francisco invoked the Take Back the Night slogan following an anti-pornography conference. On that night, those who had been adversely affected by pornography openly shared their stories with those who had gathered. Today, survivor speak outs are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night. Most present-day rallies offer survivors of violence an opportunity to give voice to their experiences and publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor. Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches and survivor testimonials. Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including violence against women, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.
Do you know…?
One in every four girls and one in every six boys will be sexually assault before they turn 18? Take Back the Night!
Four in 10 rapes happen in the victims own home? Take Back the Night!
That means most victims know their rapist (boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, friend, acquaintance, co-worker…) Take Back the Night!
One in four teens are in relationships with partners who are verbally abusive, jealous, and controlling? Take Back the Night!
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One in three teens know a friend who has been physically abused by their partner? Take Back the Night!
Yet, less than 25 percent of teens talk to parents or adults about their relationships? Take Back the Night!
That means our youth are learning and practicing unhealthy dating habits, with no one telling them otherwise. Take Back the Night!
Join the Tahoe Women’s Services’ march for Sexual Assault Awareness on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. starting at Wild Cherries cafe in Truckee. The TWS Take Back the Night March is our way of supporting survivors, reducing the stigma for victims, and showing our community we know and care about these issues. Help us create a community of awareness on the North Shore!
Need a ride? This year TWS staff are helping you organize carpooling for those in Incline, Kings Beach and Tahoe City.
From Incline? Contact Erin Everett at (775) 298-0182.
From Kings Beach or Tahoe City? Call the Prevention Program at 587-2787. We’ll help you get organized! Take Back the Night! Shine the light and show you’re might! We all have the Right So, Take Back the Night!