Hundreds ‘Take Back the Night’ by marching in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

KINGSTON –┬áIt’s an annual tradition that’s been going on for more than 3 decades here in Kingston — and tonight a record breaking number of participants took part in the Take Back the Night rally. More than 200 community members took part in the peaceful protest against sexual and gender-based violence and abuse. The large group marched around downtown Kingston to shine a spotlight on survivors. The event also included powerful speeches from abuse survivors and activists who share the same goal — creating safer communities and healthy relationships through advocacy and awareness.

Natasha Stirrett/Survivor:
“It took a long time for me to heal from that. It was quite a transformative journey that took quite a bit of time. So me being here is also a part of that journey… in terms of now I feel I’m in a position where I can give back to the community and also empower and inspire other survivors of violence.”
Elayne Furoy/Executive Director, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston:
“We believe survivors. You’re not alone. We want people to come forward and really feel that strength and feel empowered and what it’s like to walk down the street and not be afraid.”

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