Take Back The Night - Fredericton

Join the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre as we organize Fredericton's 33rd Take Back the Night event. 

Take Back the Night is a public protest that demands action against gender based violence that forces women and children to live in fear. This international, annual event is a powerful opportunity for us to reclaim our voice and our right to safety. 

This year's theme is #BreakingBarriers. We hope to highlight current barriers in our community that make it challenging for survivors of gender-based violence to find support. If you'd like to share your experience with barriers, please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FG7T77Q 

7:45pm – All welcome to gather at City Hall
8:00pm – Opening Remarks
8:15pm – Special, musical performance
8:30pm – Women-identified/non-binary folks and children march. 
8:30pm – Men-identified/allied folk are invited to join the Ally Engagement Discussion with White Ribbon Fredericton and to welcome the marchers upon their return.
9:00pm – Conclusion of the march and refreshments
City Hall – Westmorland – George – Regent – Queen – City Hall!

***Why do we request that only women-identified/non-binary persons and children march?

Gender-based violence is disproportionately committed against women-identified persons and in almost all cases of sexual assault (up to 94%), regardless of survivor gender identity, the perpetrator is a man.

With this in mind, the March portion of our event serves as a small window of time and space where women in our community can feel safe, supported, and empowered without the presence of men.

Gender-based violence also affects non-binary persons, so we invite those folks to participate in our event as they feel most comfortable. Whether that is to march, take part in the Ally Engagement discussion, or to simply be present during the event.

Our event is a trans-inclusive space. We recognise that trans women are women and trans men are men. 

***Message from Bill Patrick of White Ribbon Fredericton:

"The reasons men are not asked to march are several:

FIRST: This is an event for women and children to take back the night. It is male violence that has made the night unsafe. So this is an empowering event for women and children to reclaim the night. When men march alongside women, it can turn us into ‘bodyguards’ and totally undo the empowering nature of the event.

SECOND: When we (men) march, we also erase the gendered dynamic of rape – the fact that rap occurs in the context of patriarchy. Rape occurs when women and children are disempowered. This event shines a light on that fact. This empowering march is women and children claiming their right to be safe.

THIRD: Finally, why should men not march in this event? Because the women planning the event said NO. And no means no, when it comes to sexual assault, when it comes to marching in the streets. We men have 364 other days in which to march about the issue. Women have claimed this one night. We need to honour that.”

***I’m a man-identified person, how can I be involved?

We are very appreciative of the support of our allies and their dedication to ending gender-based violence. Being present and respectful of the women and non-binary folk at the event is the simplest way to be positively involved. 

We invite allies to take part in the Ally Engagement discussion with White Ribbon Fredericton as the women and non-binary folk march. During this time, our allies will have the opportunity to talk about what it means to be a good ally, what you can do right now to support women and non-binary folk, and how patriarchal systems and stigmas negatively impact men.

Insightful inforgraphic from sacha.ca: http://bit.ly/2xk3zJm 

All are welcome to this public event. Please respectfully enjoy our opening remarks and closing performance.

Looking forward to your support!

  • September 21, 2018 at 8pm – 9:30pm
  • Fredericton City Hall
    397 Queen St
    Fredericton, NB E3B 1B5
    Google map and directions
  • Take Back The Night Fredericton and Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre


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