Citizens to ‘Take Back the Night’ Sept. 19

Organizers urge community members to gather, speak out about sexual violence

As the sun sets on Peterborough Sept. 19, candles will light the way for citizens to walk together in the community and take a stand against sexual violence.

The candlelight vigil and walk, organized by the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC), Fleming College and partner organizations, Take Back the Night encourages community members to rise up and speak out against sexual violence throughout the four counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton and City of Kawartha Lakes.

Events will take place in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton at the same time. Take Back the Night welcomes survivors of sexual violence and harassment and their supporters and allies to join together in solidarity.

“Share your voice and speak out,” organizers say.

In the wake of local issues of sexual assault, online luring and sexual harassment, changes to campus policies on sexual violence and harassment, #MeToo and recent high-profile sexual assault trials, participants are welcome to join together to build a more healing and inclusive community.

The annual Take Back the Night event begins at 7 p.m.

This free event includes a rally with speeches, performances, and spoken word poetry followed by the “Light Your Way” solidarity walk at 7:30 p.m. Show up early to take part in pre-rally poster-making. Supplies will be available on site after 6 p.m.

Here are the locations:

  • Peterborough — Millennium Park (meet at Silver Bean Cafe), 130 King St.
  • Lindsay — Victoria Park (meet on King Street, west side of park), 207 Kent St W.
  • Cobourg — “The Gathering Place” Monument, east side of Victoria Park, Cobourg.
  • Haliburton — Head Lake Band Shell (enter from York Street is suggested).

For more information, check out our event listing, their Facebook event, the KSAC website or call the Centre at 705-748- 5901.

KSAC is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence. The organization offers individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training. In three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, KSAC works with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events.

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