Come out and support!

Take Back the Night’s annual rally/speakout is tonight. For those who don’t know, Take Back the Night is a national and international movement that works to break the silence around sexual violence of all kinds, sexual assault and abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence and “empower survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.”

The Columbia rally, described as “powerful and meaningful” by their Facebook event, will begin at 8:30 pm on Low Steps. At 9:30, the group will head over to Altshul Atrium for the speakout, which begins at 10 pm.

This portion of the night will allow community members to share their stories if they wish, with the option of staying anonymous if they so choose. Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Additionally, counselors from SVR will be there for any community member who wishes to talk to someone in private and Nightline (212-854-7777) is another resource available should attendees need support. The event is completely free and open to all. They highlight: “We do not tolerate any victim blaming, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, or any other type of intolerance; this is a non-violent space that prioritizes the voices of survivors.” It runs late, until about 2 am, but everyone who wishes to attended is encouraged to stay as long as they wish, even if it’s only briefly.

event banner via TBTN Facebook Event