About Sacramento Take Back the Night

Sacramento Take Back the Night* (TBTN) is an entirely volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) nonprofit. As an organization, Sacramento Take Back the Night aims to resist and end sexual, gender-based, and ALL forms of violence through awareness-building, empowering survivors, and supporting organizations that provide services to survivors of violence. Take Back the Night works collaboratively with local organizations and service providers in furthering these efforts, year-round.

Sacramento’s Annual Event: March & Rally

Take Back the Night events have been held annually in Sacramento since 1979. The event takes place on Second Saturday in October, and is organized entirely by volunteers, with active participation from many community-based organizations.

The Rally features a variety of diverse speakers and performances, and serves as a safe place for survivors of violence to come forward with testimonials. The event offers community resources, activities for children and encourages men to become actively involved in ending violence.

For many, the March is the highlight of the evening, as attendees walk through the night and reclaim the streets, which for many years have been a source of fear and violence.

Sacramento Take Back the Night is an empowering, community-based event which brings survivors and their loved ones, activists and community members alike, in a call to resist and end sexual, gender-based and all forms of violence.

An International Tradition

Take Back the Night is an international tradition with marches and rallies occurring around the world since 1976. That year, in Belgium, women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women marched together in solidarity, holding candles to protest the ways in which violence permeates the lives of women worldwide. The tradition has since been carried on, on campuses and in communities worldwide.

V-Day Sacramento: A Project of Take Back the Night

In addition to Sacramento’s Annual Take Back the Night March & Rally event, Sacramento TBTN organizes V-Day Sacramento, a community production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, which occurs each February.  Since 2011, V-Day Sacramento has raised over $110,000, in support of local community organizations working to end violence against in the Sacramento community.

Campus-based Take Back the Night Events

Sister events are held locally on different dates at UC Davis and at California State University, Sacramento. Contact your local campus organizers to learn more!

For more information about our organization and our structure please contact us at: [email protected].

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Do We Still Need to Take Back the Night? YES!

FACT: 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Further, 80% of female victims of rape experienced their first rape before the age of 25 and almost half experience their first rape before age 18, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. 2010).

FACT: Approximately 80-90% of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows – a friend, acquaintance, family member, or even intimate partner, (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Statistics 1997 Sex Offenses and Offenders Study. 1997).

FACT: 9 out of 10 rape victims are female, (U.S. Department of Justice. 2003 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2003).

*Sacramento Take Back the Night is the informal name of Northern California Association for Women Take Back the Night (“NCAWTBN”).  NCAWTBN is a tax-exempt non-profit public benefit corporation governed by a Board of Directors.  Donations and sponsorships from other organizations and individuals provide the funding needed to carry on the activities of NCAWTBN.

A project of the Northern California Association for Women Take Back the Night