Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 Take Back the Night

We're Taking It Back!

On Thursday, September 30th at 6 pm, the Guelph community will gather at Marianne’s Park to take part in a rally and march to “say NO!” to sexualized violence against women and children.

The Take Back the Night rally will feature guest speakers, activities for children, t-shirt making, and community monologues. Everyone is welcome to come to the rally from 6 to 6:45 pm (at Marianne's Park), and 7:30pm (St. George's Square). Women, transwomen and children are invited to participate in the march that will leave Marianne’s Park at 6:45 pm. We welcome men to support participants throughout the march from the sidewalks, joining together in solidarity before and after the march.

The Take Back the Night location also has a deep significance to the Guelph community. The Take Back the Night is held at Marianne’s Park. The City of Guelph dedicated the park to Marianne Goulden in 1993, after she was stabbed by Timothy Weldon, her common-law partner, in front of her teenage daughter. Marianne Goulden was one of the first women to stay at the Women in Crisis shelter. She later became an employee of the shelter and women staying there soon began saying they were staying at “Marianne’s Place”, a name that has stayed to this day.

Take Back the Night is coordinated by Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis. For more information, please visit the Take Back the Night Guelph Blog at

Media Contact:

Jessica St. Peter

Public Educator, Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

519 836 1110 ext. 234 (work) Website: