On April 13th 2017, UMBC hosted Take Back the Night. The night began with an introduction by the emcees and march leaders, Kayla and Sarah, and Women’s Center staff member, Amelia.
After the introduction was the survivor speak-out. The speak-out is the heart of Take Back the Night. This is the point in the night where survivors are encouraged to come up and share their story with the crowd before the march throughout campus. As a survivor, sharing your story at TBTN allows you to publicly acknowledge your experience with a crowd that believes you and supports you.
We then moved on to the march portion of the night where we got loud and chanted in support of victims of sexual violence.
After the march, community members got together for some craftivism! This portion of the program is intended to provide space for reflection, creative expression, and community building.
Thank you so much to everyone for a powerful and moving evening. Thank you to every survivor for sharing their story, to every ally who supported the survivors and a special thank you to all the volunteers who made TBTN possible!
If you weren’t able to make it, here are some resources:
- Women’s Center at UMBC
- UMBC Counseling Center
- Title IX and UMBC’s Interim Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct and Other Related Misconduct