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SACRAMENTO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
38th Annual Rally and March

#WeMarchTogether #SacTBTN #BelieveSurvivors

Sacramento, CA – On Second Saturday, October 14th, Sacramento’s 38th Annual Take Back the Night Rally and March will take place at the Sacramento Native American Health Center – 2020 J Street, Sacramento, CA. Sacramento Take Back the Night aims to empower our community 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. The event is free and open to all ages, and offers community resources, activities for children and teens, and encourages men to become actively involved in ending violence. Last year, more than 500 people participated in the march and we are anticipating an even larger rally and march in 2017.

The Resource Fair will kick-off the evening with more than 30 information and resource tables staffed by local agencies, including Los Rios College Federation of Teachers, CA Nurses Association, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, WEAVE, Inc., Sacramento Central Labor Council, Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc., My Sister’s House, Gender Health Center, the Sacramento LGBT Center, Black Lives Matter Sacramento and more – and will continue throughout the Rally to provide information about the crucial services offered in our community.

Beginning at 5:30pm, we’ll kick-off our incredible Rally line-up, with emcee: Anita Ross, author of “Mean Time Love”, advocate, and founder of Women for Equality; blessing/opening by Danzantes; performances by Real Cream Café, Spacewalker, Xochitl, Kate Livoni, Michelle Hardy & Rachel Fruend; spoken word by Major Renee Marie and Jenny Davison; speakers Elika Bernard, Black Women United Sacramento, Gayle Pitman, author of “Feminism from A-Z”, Black Lives Matter Sacramento, Jeronimo Aguilar, Brown Berets de Califas, Sarah Meredith, Director of UC Davis Center for Advocacy Resources & Education, and Hannah Friedman with WEAVE, Inc.; march led by Fenix Drum and Dance. The rally also features a survivor speak-out with counselors on site, community art projects, sign and button-making, children and teen’s activities, and more!

At 8:00pm, we will take to the streets in peaceful protest – a tradition that has taken place in Sacramento since 1979! For many, the March is the highlight of the evening, as attendees walk through the night reclaiming 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.

Get Involved! Volunteer//Donate//Raise Awareness! The event is entirely volunteer-run and not-for-profit event. Email [email protected] to get involved. Like and share the event on Facebook at @SacTakeBacktheNight

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ABOUT TAKE BACK THE NIGHT:
Take Back the Night is an international feminist tradition of marches and rallies to end violence, 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 affects the lives of women worldwide.

ABOUT SACRAMENTO TAKE BACK THE NIGHT:
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 Take Back the Night is the informal name of the “Northern California Association for Women Take Back the Night,” a volunteer-run, Sacramento-based 501(c)(3) non-profit. Sacramento Take Back the Night was organized to conduct activities for the purpose of educating the public on issues of violence against women.

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).

» FACT: Approximately 40% of California women will experience physical intimate partner violence in their lifetimes, (Women’s Health: Findings from the California Women’s Health Survey, 1997-2003. California Department of Health Services, Office of Women‘s Health. Sacramento, California, May 2006)

» FACT: Females aged 18-24 years are at the greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence, (Women’s Health: Findings from the California Women’s Health Survey, 1997-2003. California Department of Health Services, Office of Women‘s Health. Sacramento, California, May 2006)

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