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 fifth annual Take Back the Night this September 2020! While we can't get together in person this year, our committee has planned a number of exciting initiatives for folks to participate in! We look forward to having you join us virtually throughout the week of September 21st to 25th for our featured speakers, trauma-informed yoga sessions, student-led events, and more!

September 2020 Take Back the Night Schedule

Take Back the Night 2020 Schedule September 21st to September 25th

Monday, September 21st
Featured Speaker: Cayla Meredith (1pm to 2pm)
Cayla will share with us her journey as a survivor of sexual assault, strengthening her sense of agency and gaining clarity through the practice of taking and teaching yoga. Cayla will also walk us through a short trauma-informed yoga session. To join the Zoom call, click here and enter password 45GTyx.

Tuesday, September 22nd
Trauma-Informed Yoga with Yami Msosa (12pm to 12:40pm)
Join us for some gentle movement and connection. This 40-minute trauma-informed/healing-centred hatha yoga class will centre choice and connection; all levels welcome. To join, register online.

Unpacking R v Sullivan: Extreme Intoxication as a Defence (2pm to 3pm)
Join the Guelph-Humber Pre-Law Society (GHPLS) as they unpack the controversial decision, R v Sullivan, and its potential impact in sexual assault cases in Ontario. GHPLS will explore the decisoin, ways that we might see rape culture's influence in it, and the dialogue that has resulted in the time since. To join the Microsoft Teams Meeting, click here.

Wednesday, September 23rd
Trauma-Informed Yoga with Cayla Meredith (10:30am to 11am)
Join Cayla Meredith, the founder of the Move to Heal Project, for a 30-minute trauma-informed yoga session, which will emphasize choice in how you decide to move. To join the Zoom call, click here and enter password g1TKs9.

Thursday, September 24th
Featured Speaker: Cody Bennett (1pm to 1:30pm)
Cody will share with us his experience and reflections as a man who has been complicit in rape culture while also being a survivor of sexual assault. To join the Microsoft Teams Meeting, click here.

Trauma-Informed Yoga with Yami Msosa (4pm to 4:40pm)
Join us for some gentle movement and connection. This 40-minute trauma-informed/healing-centred hatha yoga class will centre choice and connection; all levels welcomem. To join, register online.

Friday, September 25th
Take Back the Night Trivia (11am to 12pm)
Join Alpha Phi Sigma for some Take Back the Night trivia, with prizes to be won! Come test your knowledge and enjoy a fun Friday morning! To join, visit @cpepteam on Instagram and click the Live session in our bio.