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


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,, or

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



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


WET Entertainment Toronto presents “Sexy In The Sky” on Sept. 23

WET Entertainment Toronto introduces new entertainment concept uniting LGBT and straight communities. 

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Skybar, 132 Queens Quay East, Toronto

Aug. 24, 2012 (Toronto) – Say goodbye to Summer and celebrate the birthday of WET Entertainment’s Roanna Sabeh-Azar on Sunday September 23rd at “Sexy in the Sky” at Skybar, The Guvernment’s Rooftop Patio located at 132 Queen’s Quay East.  800 of Toronto’s finest personalities will be in attendance, 5 of Toronto’s hottest DJ’s will be catering to a united crowd from the LGBT and straight communities.  This 10 hour end of summer event will feature everything from wet T-shirt contests to drumming by The Moussou Folila Drummers.  Confirmed to perform is Pop sensation Mayou with her new single “Crazy Rush”.

What: SEXY IN THE SKY – a 10-hour extravaganza of music, food, drinks, fashion and entertainment.

Why: To create opportunities for the LGBT and straight communities to unite in music and entertainment.

Who: DJ line-up includes Black Cat, Dattrax, deepMada, Force Inc., and Matt C.  Scheduled performers include Mayou, Go-Go Dancers from Esie Mensah Dance troupe, Moussou Folila Drummers, Rainbow Ballroom Dancers, Percussionist Sahab Habibi (Thunder Drumz) and singer Petergail Williams.

How:  $20 advance tickets at O’Grady’s, 518 Church Street or call (416) 323-2822.  $25 at the door.

Roanna Sabeh-Azar, Wet Entertainment Toronto

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