For its fifth year, Take Back the Night takes a stand against violence.
Community members gathered at Chamberlain Field to enjoy music, crafts and free food, before taking the annual march through the Historic Fort Wood District to raise awareness about these issues.
This event is internationally recognized as a visible stand against sexual assault.
Immediately following the march was a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost to violence.
“Take Back the Night really symbolizes an opportunity to stand in solidarity with people who have unfortunately been victimized by some type of of violence,” says April Wilson, who works for UTC Social Work. “I think that crimes like these and situations like these really require us to have a voice and to speak up for people that maybe lack the capacity to do so.”
“I actually wish we talked more about… sex and sexual assault on campuses,” says Aaron Slack, a UTC Student attending the event. “… It’s important that people understand what they can and can’t do and what is safe for people to do, and what is consensual.”