Take Back the Night - St. John's

Take Back the Night – St. John’s is a public event that invites individuals to unite in an empowering rally that raises awareness of issues relating to gender inequality and sexual violence. 

We will meet at 7pm on Friday, September 21st in Bannerman Park.

Bring your posters, your noisemakers, and your voice as we rally together to speak out against sexual violence in our communities!

After making our way through the streets of Downtown St. John’s we will be greeted by our allies at City Hall for a Rally and Candlelight Vigil.


TBTN has always been a march to voice the significant inequities faced by individuals and communities who are experiencing higher levels of violence, discrimination, and secondary wounding. With this in mind, the Sexual Violence Awareness (SVA) Week Committee welcomes all individuals to participate in TBTN St. John’s but asks that marchers be aware of the experience of, and create space for, survivors and folks belonging to marginalized genders. We ask that all participants prioritize the space for people who are most often targeted for sexual violence.

TBTN St. John’s also recognizes that the children and youth need to have their voice heard. All marchers are welcomed and encouraged to bring their children and/or dependents. 


For individuals seeking an alternative way to support TBTN St. John's please meet us at City Hall for the Candlelight Vigil, Rally, and Social hosted by the NLSACPC Men's Outreach Committee.


*Accessible transportation will be available during the Take Back the Night March. Additional accessibility information will be posted as it becomes available.


For more information, please contact us at info@endsexualviolence.comor 709-747-7757.


We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the City of St. John's, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and our Platinum Sponsors of Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018 - Budden & Associates

Stay tuned for updates!


Updates - August 30th, 2018

The route of the March is approximately 2km long. We know that for some folks, it may not be feasible to complete the entire route. Accessible Transportation will be available as a part of the March for any folks who would like to avail of this service.

ASL Interpretation will be provided throughout the entire event by Interpreting Services Newfoundland & Labrador.

We will have trained inclusion volunteer(s) participating in the March. They will be clearly identified at the Rally at the beginning.
Please do not hesitate to contact our office if there are any accessibility/inclusion supports you require.

The TBTN Route is approximately 2.0km in length and is expected to take approximately 45 minutes from the time we leave Bannerman Park until our arrival at City Hall. 
See route map(s) below.
Our route will go east on Military Road (mostly flat), connect via Ordinance Street (sloped downwards) to Duckworth Street (mostly flat). After travelling west on Duckworth we connect to Water Street at Angel’s Corner via Prescott Street (steep slope downwards). Travelling west on Water Street is mostly flat. We realize that this, especially Prescott Street, may be a barrier for some.

Safety is at the core of the meaning, intention, and protest that is TBTN. We ask all attendees to reflect on what they can do as individuals to create as safe a space as possible for themselves and everyone else.
Things to consider -
-Please think about all information included in the event description above.
-Safety Marshalls will be on site to ensure that we stay on one designated side of the road and that marchers to not cross the yellow lines into oncoming traffic. Please do not hesitate to reach out to them if you need assistance or have a safety concern.
-Crisis Line Volunteers and Staff will act as Support People during the Rally, the March, the Candlelight Vigil, and Social at City Hall. They will be identified at the beginning of the March. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need emotional support.
-As per City bylaws, an RNC escort will be on site leading the March.
-Service dogs are welcomed and encouraged to attend. We ask that all pet owners reflect on the fact that TBTN can be loud, exciting, and potentially scary or jarring for some pets and we are expecting a very large crowd this evening. While we can presume that some pets may be at Bannerman Park and other public areas throughout the March, we expect all owners to follow City Bylaws and for pets to be leashed and controlled at all times. 
It is important to keep in mind that some folks, including children, may be afraid of animals and we all want to respect each other’s sense of safety and keep those concerns in mind.

Here are some alternative ways to participate in, and support, TBTN:
-Share this evening widely!
-As mentioned above, Accessible Transportation is available as a part of the entire March and follows the same route. This accessible transportation will be the final piece of the March and available to anyone who may start the route independently, then decides to access this service.
-Safety Marshalls will be at the Supreme Court (Water Street side) at approximately 7:35 pm to meet anyone for whom the entire March is not accessible but still wants to participate in a part of the Route. The second part of the March from the Supreme Court to City Hall is approximately 650 metres.
-Our Men’s Outreach Committee will be at City Hall and will start the Candlelight Vigil at approximately 7:30 pm for any folks who do not identify with, or have the capacity to complete, the March.

We so look forward to seeing all of you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to NLSACPC Staff with any questions or concerns.
Office Line – 709.747.7757 
Email: info@endsexualviolence.com 
24 Hour Crisis Support and Information Line – 1.800.726.2743

  • September 21, 2018 at 7pm – 9pm
  • Bannerman Park @ St. John's City Hall
    10 New Gower St
    St. John's , NL A1C 1J3
    Google map and directions
  • NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre

    (709) 747-7757

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