Halton Region’s 22nd Annual “Take Back the Night” Sept. 12, 2012

by Darling Nicky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Halton’s 22nd Annual Take Back The Night Event!

The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS), in partnership with Halton ADAPT, Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton Community Legal Services, Halton Women’s Place, Halton Regional Police Services, Nina’s Place, POSSE Project, The AIDS Network, The Women’s Centre and YWCA Hamilton will host Halton’s 22nd annual “Take Back the Night” (TBTN) at the Milton Seniors’ Centre (500 Childs Dr., Milton) on Wednesday, September 12 from 6-8:30pm.

“Take Back the Night” is an event that began in the 1970s in Europe as a response to a series of sexual assaults, and murders affecting women. “Take Back the Night” events and marches are now held internationally in all parts of the world, and the message is the same: women and children have a right to live free from violence, and the whole community takes responsibility for creating a safe environment.

Statistics Canada (2006) found that more than one third of Canadian women report having had at least one experience of sexual assault since the age of 16[1]. Furthermore, research shows that over 95% of all sexual violence is committed by men1. TBTN Chair, Paula Lam, says “TBTN is a chance for survivors and community members alike to speak out against violence. Many survivors have brought their families and friends to this event in the past and have said that it is comforting to know they are not alone in dealing with violence and abuse.”

On September 12th, 2012 Halton residents will enjoy an inclusive, family-friendly event including an Aboriginal opening ceremony and a keynote speech by sexual violence survivor Tracy Challenger. There will also be performances by The Naked Beat Drum Circle, the Burlington Dance Company, spoken word artist Shannon Kitchings, and singer Aysha Sayani. The first half-hour of the event is dedicated to networking amongst community information booths. The final half hour consists of a women, children, and trans people only anti-violence march through the streets of Milton, and a male ally solidarity event chaired by the Male Ally Network (M.A.N.). It is important that men attend this event and stand with women in saying that violence against women will no longer be tolerated. We know violence transcends the boundaries of race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, class, sexual orientation and gender identity. “Take Back the Night” is an opportunity for the whole Halton community to come together and say “NO” to violence against women, trans people and children!

TBTN 2012 takes place September 12th, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Milton Seniors’ Activity Centre (500 Childs Dr.) in Milton.  The entire event is FREE! There will also be free shuttle buses from Halton Hills, Oakville, and Burlington to and from the event. For more information, and to register for the shuttle bus, contact SAVIS at (905) 825-3622, savis@savisofhalton.org, or www.savisofhalton.org

Media Contact: Paula Lam, SAVIS Public Education Coordinator and Take Back the Night Committee Chair

Phone:905-825-3622

Email:  education@savisofhalton.org

[1] Johnson, H. 2006. Measuring Violence Against Women: Statistical Trends. Statistics Canada

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