Why Are Police At Take Back the Night?

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Every year SACHA gets asked questions about why police are at Take Back the Night (TBTN).  We wanted to answer this important question and share more information about the role of police at TBTN.

We understand and acknowledge that police at Take Back the Night means that some folks will be uncomfortable and some folks will choose not to come to the event.

Why?

If we did not have police at TBTN we would either not be able to march at all or would have to march on the sidewalk.

The event is considered a parade by the City of Hamilton. We have to fill out a parade permit to use the City Hall building, the forecourt, and to march in one lane of traffic –  months and months ahead of time. We have to pay the city for one lane of traffic to be closed while we’re marching. Continue reading

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All the Take Back the Night Info You Ever Wanted!

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Here’s all the info you could ever want about this powerful event.

When: Thursday, October 13th

6pm – We Gather
7pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March

Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON

Who: TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

Some quick links about:

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TBTN Awards

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This year we’re doing awards differently at Take Back the Night.

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In the past we’ve highlighted Best Sign, Most Spirit, and Most Inclusive display and had honorable mentions. This year we’re awarding three awards in each category. Not 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Just three equal awards.

There is so much awesomeness at the event and we wanted to recognize the creativity and energy that folks in Hamilton are putting towards a world without sexual violence.

Big thank yous to United Trophy for donating nine trophies this year! We appreciate it.



Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

TBTN centres the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer on the march from Gore Park.

When: Thursday, October 13th

6:00pm – We Gather
7:00pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March

Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON
Who: Women, gender non-conforming folks, and their children are welcome!

Read about why we organize Take Back the Night as a space for women and gender non-conforming folks to speak out against violence here.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TBTN2016!

More Information:

You Can March With Us

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TBTN Poster English 2016Thinking about coming to Take Back the Night next Thursday but feeling uncertain or anxious?

Not sure what it will feel like to be at the event? Don’t have an available friend to come with you? You are a kind person who wants to offer a friendly welcome to someone more nervous coming to TBTN?

This year we are going to have a “You Can March With Us” table.

We have people whose specific task it is to make everyone feel welcome and more comfortable in attending the event.

Everyone at some point in their life has felt uneasy in a crowd.  Everyone at some point has felt awkward. That’s normal. But this discomfort can stop people from participating in something awesome such as TBTN.  We don’t want this to be a barrier to anyone.  We love extroverts and gregarious people who shine at group events and we love introverts and shy folk. (We love you too ambiverts – don’t want you to feel left out either.)

Here’s why you may want to visit us at our You Can March With Us table…

  1. You will see someone who is happy you are at TBTN
  2. You can ask questions about event
  3. You will find someone you can march with
  4. Use us as a meet up location with friends who are joining you at TBTN
  5. You are welcome to come to our table if you would like to offer yourself and your friends as buddies to someone looking for a TBTN friend
  6. You want to write a note for our table welcoming people to TBTN

Where can you find the You Can March With Us table?

We’ll be set up beside the SACHA info table very close to Main Street in the City Hall forecourt.

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We want everyone who comes to TBTN to have an amazing time. We know different people need different things to make this happen.

Supportive Listening

Take Back the Night can bring up many emotions – joy, sadness, excitement, fear, love. If you need to talk with someone please visit the SACHA table where there are folks ready to listen or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162. Continue reading

TBTN Interview: Lee Reed

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Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA, is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invitemen to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

lee-reedFor 20 years Lee Reed has been stomping stages and studios, spewing his unique brand of fiery, anti-capitalist rant-hop. From mouthpiece for the legendary Warsawpack, through to his solo work.

Why do you think it is important to create space for women and gender non-conforming folks?

It’s like there’s a battle going on: the old forces of sexism against the new forces of equity. Creating space acts a kind of beachhead in that struggle.  A foothold.  The world is largely unsafe and unwelcome for women and gender non-conforming folks. The threat of violence and harassment is normalized; personal, social and state/institutional relationships can be abusive and dangerous; fear is ever-present.

It’s an unsafe world. Gendered violence happens everywhere: in the home, on the street, on campus, in the workplace, in the halls of our largest institutions and at the hands of those we most trust.  It is everywhere, woven into everything. So, without the intentional creation of space for women and gender non-conforming folks (GNC), there would be no space that was expressly theirs.

Our society is a patriarchy.  It centres masculine voices and opinions.  It puts men in charge and prioritizes their way of thinking, it protects and perpetuates male privilege and dominance. So creating space for women and GNC folks is creating space for voices to be heard, for ideas and information to be shared, where people can speak openly and freely, without being talked over or dismissed by sexist power dynamics. Continue reading