Take Back The Night
About Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an event that happens on college campuses across the United States to bring awareness to sexual violence issues and provide an opportunity for survivors and others to share their experiences with violence in a powerful space after rallying and marching together. SHARE is the lead planning organization for the event that usually happens during the last week in April, which is widely recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Explore our website (saamatstanford.com/tbtn) to learn more!
Take Back the Night has already passed this year, but we invite you to read below to learn more about the annual event. We hope you will be in attendance for TBTN 2023!
TBTN has typically been composed of three campus events: the Rally at White Plaza, the Campus March, and the Speak-Out.
The Rally is an opportunity to hear from survivors, experts, and activists in the Stanford community about sexual violence and what Take Back the Night means to them. In 2022, the rally took place on April 19 at 7 PM in White Plaza.
The March is an opportunity to unite as a community against sexual violence and share messages of hope and empowerment. By marching we show solidarity and support for survivors and reinforce our commitment to ending sexual violence. Typically, participants in the March carry posters and signs that share important messages like why they are marching or what Take Back the Night means to them.
The Speak-Out. The primary goals of Take Back the Night are to uplift the voices of survivors and raise awareness about the issue of sexual violence; the Speak-Out accomplishes these goals in an incredibly powerful way. It is an opportunity for survivors to share their story with the community and it showcases healing, vulnerability, and support. In 2022, the Speak-Out took place on April 19 at 8 PM on Meyer Green.
TBTN 2022 Theme: Honor Surviving, Embrace Thriving
In 2022, the SHARE Office aimed to make April a time to honor surviving and embrace thriving. Survivors often embody the traumatic effects of sexual violence and thus focus on survival as a means of restoring a foundational sense of control that is often disrupted. Yet, survivors deserve to heal and thrive as vibrant humans. When we thrive, we experience an abundance of strength, connection to others/self, and joy, and embrace all parts of ourselves as friends, artists, athletes, and more. On any given day, we could be surviving, thriving, or both. In 2022, during Take Back the Night, we wished to center both narratives - to honor surviving and invite us to embrace thriving.
Looking Back: TBTN 2020
The theme for Take Back the Night 2020 was Shine Light, Shine Bright. That theme illuminates the light survivors' powerfully possess. When we collectively shine light on survivor stories, our community will shine brighter because of it! Due to COVID-19 precautions, we created a virtual TBTN experience; you can see how we transformed and commemorated TBTN this past year by visiting www.saamatstanford.com/tbtn.