Every day another person in your city begins the long healing process of being a victim of sexual violence. It doesn't matter if the attacker is a stranger or a family member, those who face sexual violence are the victims that no one wants to speak about but without those words it's a crime that will not end with victims who become even more victimized by society.
Take Back The Night is more than a rally and march through the streets of Toronto, it's a movement that enables the victims of sexual violence to become survivors. In 1974 the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre was started by a group of women who wanted to make a difference for women who had been raped. Today there is a 24 hour crisis line, counseling and support groups for survivors. The goal is to empower those who are victims and giving them a voice. It is believed that survivors of sexual violence are experts in their own healing.
Before the rally and march this evening informational booths were located within the community centre about local programs that help survivors. Booths included several domestic violence shelters and Street Health.
The rally gave the group a voice to the damage that sexual violence can bring on. Often the victims not only face dealing with the crimes committed against them by their attackers but being labeled as mentally ill as they cope with their healing. Take Back the Night's theme this year is "Un-Occupying Our Minds, Healing Ourselves"
Aboriginal blessings started the evening's event that continued with music, stories of abuse and poetry performed by Truth Is and Tomy Bewick.
The night ended with a march on the streets by women who will Take Back The Night in order for society to have the right to live lives free of violence.