Take Back the Night: Rally Against Sexual Violence

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Take Back the Night not only reclaims the night as a time of non-violence, but also calls out to survivors, commending them for their strength and offering them support within their community.

Hosted by the Committee on Rape Education (CORE) and cosponored by the Center, "Take Back the Night" united members of the Brandeis Community on April 5, 2005. The purpose of event was to unify communities in an awareness of sexual violence against women, men, and children. It has a rich history, which began in England in the early 1970's as women protested the fear that they encountered walking the streets at night. Since then, men and women in communities and college campuses around the world have held "Take Back the Night" rallies and marches in order to reclaim the night as a safe time for women. The "night" is also a metaphor for the fear and isolation which many survivors of rape and sexual assault deal with on a daily basis. "Take Back the Night" not only reclaims the night as a time of non-violence, but also calls out to survivors, commending them for their strength and offering them support within their community.

The event was very successful, with more than 150 people moving as one unit to raise awareness. In addition to achieving the goals of the event, the evening illustrated the storng sence of community that is present among the members of the Brandeis University.