Mission Statement for Take Back The Night Detroit
The mission of Take Back The Night Detroit is to eradicate all forms of sexual violence—including rape and child sexual abuse—by raising awareness and promoting prevention, and to support survivors as they cast off shame and guilt and access the help they need on their journey toward healing and wholeness.
- To send a loud and clear
message that sexual assault survivors in the city of Detroit,
specifically women of color, no longer have to suffer in silence and
- To publicly proclaim that sexual assault and abuse in our community is unacceptable, inexcusable and will not be tolerated.
- Join us for an event organized by and for women of color that will raise our community’s consciousness about the effects of sexual violence and its impact on metro Detroit, as well as provide support to survivors and inspire all to hope and to heal.
A History of Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night’s roots may lie in 1877 when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in the night-time streets of London, England. Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the moonlit streets of Belgium to denounce the continuation of violence against women. While the origins of Take Back the Night may be disputed, its impact is undeniable. Since its inception, thousands of marches and rallies bearing the name Take Back the Night have taken place worldwide.
Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches, and survivor testimonials. The goals and specific features of a TBTN rally are just as varied as its vast array of supporters. Throughout its history, Take Back the Night has inspired both women and men to confront a myriad of social ills, including rape, sexual violence, domestic violence, violence against children, and violence against women. The unifying theme throughout these diverse topics is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.
Click HERE to visit the national Take Back the Night website.