Take Back The Night March and Candlelight Vigil
History of Take Back The Night March
The first Take Back the Night event began in England in 1877 as a women only protest against the violence and fear women encountered walking the streets at night. The first Take Back the Night March in the USA was held in San Francisco in 1978 to protest violence against women, particularly sexual assault. Since then, Take Back the Night events have spread across the nation broadening in perspective and taking on many forms. The “Take Back the Night” March and Candlelight Vigil is part of a National Campaign to educate all about the realities of sexual assault and rape on both College Campuses and in our Communities, and is done each year during the Month of Aprl.
Valdosta State University's Take Back The Night March and Candlelight Vigil
The Valdosta State University Counseling Center sponsors an annual March and Candlelight Vigil during the month of April. Survivors and victims of sexual violence are honored during this one hour event. Keynote speakers and advocates from VSU and the community join us on campus with a singular message - we will NOT tolerate violence, hate, or injustice. The Women's and Gender Studies program co-sponsors and participates in the march each year.