Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Take Back The Night 2012

WIC_Logo_colourGuelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
Take Back The Night 2012

This Thursday, September 27th at 6:30PM the Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis organization invites the community to meet at Marianne's Park to begin this year's Take Back The Night rally and march through the city.

            Take Back the Night is an event intent on extending community awareness of sexualized violence against women and children. Thursday's rally will run from 6:30-9:00 PM at Marianne’s Park and City Hall and will include performances by the Women’s Drumming group and local poets. Men are encouraged to support the women, transwomen and children from the sidewalk as they march from Marianne’s Park to City Hall and all are welcome to join the following Unity March through the downtown area.
             Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis is just one of the local co-coordinator and a proud supporter of the international Take Back The Night initiative originally founded by Katie Koestner, the first women to speak publicly on date rape. Women In Crisis promotes the safety and respect of all and aims specifically to end sexual assault and domestic violence against women and children.

Guelph General Hospital has responded to 58 victims of acute sexual assault this year (57 being female) and it's Paediatric Sexual Assault Care has reported taking in 11 female children. In addition, Emergency Services has responded to 21 females regarding domestic violence in Guelph.
Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis has provided services to more than 1500 women yearly. Additionally our crisis line has responded to over 3000 calls each year. Women In Crisis intends to create awareness of the reality of domestic violence and sexual assault in the local community through Thursday's Take Back The Night event.