Photo by Walton St. Photography.
Mission: Take Back the Night is a community based event to protest the fear that women and trans people have walking the streets at night safely. Take Back the Night is also a grassroots event that honours the experiences of survivors of sexual violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and survivors of state violence such as police brutality, racism, ableism, sexism, and other forms of institutionalized violence. The goal of the event is to offer Northumberland County residents an opportunity to stand together in solidarity against institutionalized violence and oppression as a community. The event is free to attend.
When: Thursday, October 19 at 7PM
Where: Memorial Park, Port Hope (the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and Wendat peoples)
People of all genders are welcome at this event, which centres the women and femmes who disproportionately experience gender-based and sexual violence. Men, we invite you to walk in solidarity with us.
Peer support will be available if you find yourself in need.
There is an after-dark walk component to our event, so you may wish to bring along a flashlight or be sure to have your cellphone charged to use the flashlight app. Choose your footwear accordingly.
Meet at 7PM at Port Hope’s Memorial Park to gather, get direction, and hear a few songs and stories.
Then we walk together, on a short, accessible route through Port Hope’s downtown, through a quieter, more dimly lit stretch along Lent’s Lane and back to the park via Dorset and Queen Streets.
We’ll close out with a few more performances back in the park, and then all are welcome to join us for a low-key debrief with snacks and music at Green Wood Coalition’s space on Ontario Street.
Photo by Walton St. Photography.
Theme: “We are Not Unfounded”
Earlier this year, the The Globe and Mail released an investigative report into police rates of designating sexual assault reports “unfounded,” meaning officers don’t believe a sexual assault took place. Across Canada, the rate is nearly 20%. In Port Hope, between 2010 and 2015, 45% of reports of sexual assault were labelled unfounded.
Because we believe survivors, Port Hope’s 2017 Take Back the Night event will have the theme “We are not unfounded.” Join us on Thursday, Oct 19 at 7PM.
Explore the Globe and Mail data here:
Press Release in Northumberland News here.
Press Release in Port Hope Now here.
Official Photos From Event:
Official photo album by Walton St. Photography here.
Articles About the Event:
“A Cobourg woman speaks out on workplace sexual harassment that left her terrified” here.
“Port Hope’s Take Back the Night walk resonates in an era of #MeToo” here.
Read Jenni Burke’s blog post about Take Back the Night here.
Read Cassie Jeans’ poem “For my Sacred Sisters who are Healing from Shame” here.
Listen to/watch Winona Wilde play her song “Chick Singer” here.
Long and McQuade
Emulate Global Printing and Finishing
Green Wood Coalition
Walton St. Photography
Port Hope Public Library
Display to promote the event at Port Hope Public Library. Photo by Gareth Vieira.
TBTN Planning Committee:
“We’re a diverse collective, and together we share a common interest in making Port Hope a safer and more supportive community for all of us.”
Avril Ging Ewing
Marcela Calderon Donefer
This was a most powerfull ~ empowering evening
The people were all present for eachother, holding space for all stories and lives that are and will be forever changed. Support for all people during this event was felt deeply.The music, poetry, stories and spoken word, visually and visceraly attached to the participants. Walking with heads held high and embracing the night .
Thank you for a very important gathering