Take Back the Night History

The topic of violence against women became prominent in public discussion in the early 1970s, with women starting to speak up against the lack of resources and safety for women in communities. In Philadelphia in 1975, a microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, was stabbed to death while walking home alone. In response, the citizens held a march with the message that women should not have to be afraid to walk alone at night. From there, marches to "Take Back the Night" spread, a night where women can reclaim the night and feel safe amongst allies. Today, as an international campaign, Take Back the Night recognizes that people of all genders can experience sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence, and we march in support for all survivors.

Take Back the Night at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber

Humber will be hosting its fourth annual Take Back the Night March this September 2019! Join us as we march in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence and allies and remember that you have control over "Your body. Your mind. Your time." This year, we will be focusing on activism and mobilization through movement and art. More details will be released in the coming months, and in the meantime, save the date!