Take Back The Night
Sexual violence occurs in our homes, schools, work, and streets... in secret, in hiding, in shame...
Shatter the Secret: Take Back The Night
The Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center and Sage College of Albany proudly cosponsored this year's 29th annual Take Back The Night rally, march and candlelight vigil on Thursday, April 22nd at Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany from 5:30 8:30 p.m. TBTN was designed to help build awareness of the impact of sexual violence on individuals, families, and communities and to provide opportunities for victims to tell their stories.
Hundreds gathered at the TBTN rally which featured music, art, and survivors' speeches. At 7:15 p.m. following the rally, participants joined to "take back the night" as they walked about one mile through local residential streets of Albany with banners and posters proclaiming an end to sexual violence, domestic violence, and child abuse. Immediately following the march, there was a candlelight vigil held on campus.
TBTN, a grassroots effort for more than 30 years, is dedicated to all survivors of sexual assault, to those living in fear and/or enduring assault, and to the friends and families of those who have lost their lives at the hands of an attacker.
This year, Sage College of Albany's students in Professor Carol DiMambro's Violent Crime course partnered with the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center for their service learning project. Students and CVSVC identified the needs of the Center and worked on activities to support the TBTN event. Some of these activities included increasing campus and community awareness of sexual violence, building greater participation of local organizations and schools, creating opportunities for victims of sexual violence to share their stories, developing activities for the rally, involving more men in the event, and helping to coordinate publicity.
More at: http://www.sage.edu/tbtn