Yesterday, I went to Take Back the Night at my university. This was my fourth Take Back the Night! The event included a march throughout campus, an opportunity for survivors to speak out about their experiences with sexual assault, a glow stick vigil, and many opportunities for education about sexual assault and the resources available on my campus.
It is empowering to march down the streets chanting:
Shatter the Silence! / Stop the Violence!
People Unite! / Take Back the Night!
What do we want? / Justice. / When do we want it? / Now!
The people united / will never be divided.
We have the power. / We have the right. / We are here / to Take Back The Night.
I won’t be shamed. / I won’t be blamed.
Take Back My Life. / Take Back The Night.
This year I participated in the speak out portion of Take Back the Night. This can be difficult, but it was definitely worth it.
You can read what I said below: