In 1975, over 35 years ago, women took to the street in Philadelphia after Susan Speeth, a microbiologist was stabbed by a stranger while walking alone home at night. Since then, the Take Back the Night March and Rally has changed, evolved and grown. Now taking place in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and India, Take Back the Night focuses on eliminating sexual violence in all forms through the thousands of colleges, women's centers, and rape crisis centers.
Simmons College has a long history taking part in the Take Back the Night tradition. The Sexuality, Woman, and Gender (SWAG) Center of Simmons College with the support of the rest of the Colleges of the Fenway will be doing their part to shatter the silence on Thursday, April 19th. When asked, President of the SWAG Center Sarah Cyr-Mutty said, "Women are so frequently told by society not to walk in the streets when it's dark, to protect ourselves from people who might hurt us, to avoid situations where we might be taken advantage of. Take Back the Night rejects this idea, and encourages women to go march en masse and take back spaces that should - and do - belong to us."
At 7:30pm, the community will gather at the Simmons Residential Campus before marching the streets of Boston. Armed with posters, chants, glow in the dark items, noisemakers and banners, survivors and allies will make their presence known. The march will rally at the Linda K. Paresky Center where the Speak Out will begin. This time is open to survivors to feel empowered to speak about their experiences with sexual abuse, assault, and rape. The ceremony will conclude with the touching Candlelight Vigil in honor and remembrance of all of those who have been affected. Throughout the ceremony, there will also be a separate relaxation room with counselors for any one who needs to de-stress. Take Back the Night is a beautiful, sad, inspiring and empowering event open to all who want to "shatter the silence, stop the violence."
Events leading up to Take Back the Night will take place throughout the week:
- No! The Rape Documentary took page 4/16 at 7pm at Quadside Café
- Poster Making for TBTN took page between 10am-3pm on 4/17 in the Kotzen Room
- BARCC: Sexual Violence on College Campuses on 4/18 in the MCB Special Functions Room. Facebook Event Link
- Take Back the Night March, 7:30pm March (starting at res campus) and 8:45pm Speak out at LKP (Main College Building). Facebook Event Link