via the Women’s Resources Center Newsletter
Why Take Back the Night?
A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life. This scene could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Historically, women faced the anxiety of walking alone at night and that is why Take Back the Night began.
Thirty-three years ago, women started to stand up and speak out against sexual violence under the banner of Take Back the Night. During those years, Take Back the Night became known internationally as a visible way to take a stand against sexual violence, specifically violence against women.
Hope for the Future
Women from Illinois to New York to India are letting their voices shatter the silence, but there is much to be accomplished in the fight to end sexual violence. Crimes of this nature continue to appear in the news in epidemic proportions. Our movies, our music, and daily news describe another killing, shooting; more abuse, violence and rape. As the history of Take Back the Night continues to be written, its mission to end sexual violence for all remains a beacon of hope for the millions affected by crimes of violence. We have made great strides, but our march is far from over. (From TBTN @ http://www.takebackthenight.org/index.html
2012 Take Back the Night is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 @ Lincoln Square Mall @ 6:30pm. Please join us as we march to to the campus Quad to continue the struggle to ensure that our campus and community will be a safe place…for women, children AND men! It’s time to make your voice heard, stand strong with others as we demand—“NO means NO! Stop the rape, stop the abuse, stop the violence! Not HERE, not NOW, not EVER!!”