Lanark County Interval House invites women of Lanark County to Take Back the Night

For the past 10 years, Carleton Place has been host to one of the most well-attended rural Take Back the Night Marches in Canada. Even on the soggiest of nights, local residents turn out with their banners and noise-makers in record numbers. All to demand that a womanʼs right to walk our streets safely be upheld.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, September 21st. The gathering begins at 6:30 in the park behind Carleton Place town hall, with the rally and march set to begin at 7pm. This is a family friendly, inclusive and accessible event for all to join! We hope to see you there. For inquiries, contact our Public Education Coordinator at 613-257-3469 ext 63.

The Take Back The Night march is an event that focuses on ending violence against women. Take Back the Night events take place all across North America. They are designed to raise the awareness of safety issues for women and children. This march protests harassment, sexual abuse, and assault.

Take Back the Night is about women’s right to be free of violence and to walk without fear.

Where: Carleton Place Town Hall
Date: Thursday, September 21st, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
What: Meeting in the park behind Town Hall for guest speakers then marching

Why is the Take Back the Night March Necessary?

Women are much more likely to feel worried or unsafe about their personal security. The overall message of the Take Back the Night observances and protests around the world is: Women are still not safe from male violence.

  • Because more so than men, many women feel we need to modify our activities or routines or avoid certain places to protect ourselves from crime
  • Because we more often feel we need to lock our doors when alone
  • Because we more carefully plan routes with safety in mind
  • Because we check the back seat of our parked cars before we get in
  • Because incidents of rape and assault are not decreasing; they are in fact increasing
  • Because women are often told to be extra careful and take precautions when going out at night
  • Because in some parts of the world, even today, women are not allowed out at night

History of Take Back the Night

  • 1877 England – Women took to the streets to protest the violence and fear that were a part of women’s daily lives
  • 1973 Germany – in response to escalating sexual assaults, rapes, and murders, a protest was organized based on the 1877 model
  • 1978 San Fransisco, U.S.A. – over 5,000 women from 30 states came together in solidarity for women’s safety
  • Today, events of all sizes take place all across the world. Women come together to show support for each other and to lend their voices for all women threatened by violence.
Contact Name: Brianne Luckasavitch
Contact Phone: 613-257-3469 x 63
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