Over the years, Take Back The Night has become internationally known, as a way to take a stand against sexual violence and speak out against these horrible crimes. The first documented Take Back The Night event in the United States took place in October of 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Citizens rallied together after the murder of young microbiologist, Susan Alexander Speeth, who was stabbed to death by a stranger no more than a block away from her home while walking the streets, alone.
For over 35 years in the United States, Take Back The Night has focused on eliminating sexual violence, in all forms, and thousands of colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have sponsored events all over the country.
At Colorado State University, TBTN is a featured event that takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. The event is coordinated by Campus Feminist Alliance, a student organization on campus, and is a collaborative effort with WGAC. TBTN starts on campus with a speak-out. The speak-out is a space where survivors are invited to either share their story or listen to the stories of other survivors. After the speak-out a march takes place from campus into Old Town, where there will be a keynote speaker.
*We honor the voices of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (G.L.B.T.Q.), male survivors, survivors of color, and the disabled community.
*Throughout the event WGAC provides victim advocacy to survivors and allies regardless of where and when the assault took place.
*For more information on TBTN visit http://www.takebackthenight.org