This year Take Back the Night will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of marching. While the march began as a way to protest the violence that women experience while walking in public at night, the purpose of these marches has grown to raise community awareness as a preventive measure against future violence. Take Back the Night now marches as a way to speak out against multiple types of violence which can be seen in their mission statement:
To raise awareness of the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, prevent future assaults, and empower survivors of such abuse; to educate DuPage County and its environs; to end sexual violence by sponsoring rallies, vigils, speak-outs, parades, media interviews, the Clothesline Project, letters to the editor, press releases, and other events and activities; to raise funds to educate the community to end sexual violence; and to lend its name, staff and/or volunteers in coalition with government, private and public agencies, and with other groups who are in accordance with our mission statement.
The word night was originally meant to be taken literally to express the fear that many women feel during the night but has since changed to incorporate multiple types violence. This event takes place not only in DuPage county but across the nation, in large metropolitan areas and small college campuses alike. Participants advocate for the right of everyone to feel safe from violence.
This year at the DuPage county rally, a former Family Shelter Service client will be speaking about her experiences with domestic violence. Come on out and show your support! For more information visit the Take Back the Night Website.
Join us as we rally to “take back the night” from sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence!
20 years and still marching!
The Annual Take Back the Night Dupage Rally will be held on:
September 15th 2012
Central Park Band Shell
104 E Benton ave, Naperville, il
(this event is free and open to the public and will occur rain or shine!)
2012 Schedule of Events
Browse information tables, Clothesline Project, Silent Witness Display; listen to live music.
Food and beverages are available for purchase by Braconi’s of Naperville.
Please support Take Back The Night by browsing items available near the gazebo.
Gather for Speakers
Emcees: Colleen Heflin
Keynote Speaker: Angela Rose
Survivor Speakout: Survivors of abuse share their experiences through their writings, songs, or poetry.
Breaking the Silence chants
March through downtown Naperville
Closing ceremony by candlelight.