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 sixth annual Take Back the Night this September 2021! Take Back the Night is a collaborative initiative developed with representation from:

  • Consent Peer Education Program
  • IGNITE
  • Guelph-Humber Student Life
  • Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion
  • Health & Counselling
  • Indigenous Education & Engagement
  • The BASE
  • LGBTQ+ Resource Centre
  • Residence Life

September 2021 Take Back the Night Schedule

three hands raised in solidarity

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Nembhard (1pm to 2:15pm)
Join us for our Take Back the Night keynote speaker, Cheryl Nembhard! Cheryl is an author, podcast and TV host, and social justice advocate who has experience working with sexual assault survivors. Cheryl will share with us her journey as a survivor of sexual violence, and share ways that survivors can take back their power and take back the night! We will have a limited in-person audience in E135, and the keynote will be livestreamed to the wider Humber & GH community. Register for in-person tickets or livestream tickets through EventBrite.

Sign-Making (2:30pm to 4pm)
Flex your artistic skills and join us as we make signs for the Take Back the Night march! Meet at the LRC Courtyard at North or the G Commons at Lakeshore!

March (6:30pm sign-in, 7pm start)
Join us for our annual Take Back the Night march! We’ll be marching around the North campus in solidarity with survivors and in protest of sexual violence! Meet at the T Building Residence courtyard at 6:30pm to sign-in for the march, which starts at 7pm! We’ll have chants and cheers prepared, and encourage you to pop by the sign-making event earlier in the day to make some signs for the march!

Rally (6:45pm sign-in, 7pm start)
Can't make it to the march at North campus? Join for a rally and livestreaming of the march at the G Commons at Lakeshore campus!

Starry sky with chants and cheers