Vigil set

This year’s observance of ‘Take Back the Night’, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women and sexual assault, will be held this Thursday from 6-7.30pm.

The rally, at George Town’s Centennial Square in front of the Court House, is being co-ordinated by the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre to create a supportive environment for expression and empowerment.

The event during the Sexual Assault Awareness Month includes poetry readings, survivor stories, an interpretive dance presentation and a Purple Dragon self-defence demonstration. CICC also plan to have sexual assault fact and fiction throughout the evening’s programme.

Organisers are encouraging families to attend as the event is intended to be fun while as well as informative. Refreshments will be served.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month observed internationally in April aims to support the survivors, victims and families of sexual violence and agencies providing support intervention and prevention services.

About Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night’s roots may go back to 1877 when women protested the fear and violence they experienced after dark in the streets of London.

Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the moonlit streets of Belgium to denounce violence against women.

While the origins of Take Back the Night may be disputed, its impact is undeniable. Since its inception, thousands of Take Back the Night marches and rallies have taken place worldwide.

Today, survivor testimonials are an inseparable part of Take Back the Night. Most rallies offer survivors an opportunity to give voice to their experiences and publicly affirm their transition from victim to survivor.

Common components of Take Back the Night rallies include candlelight vigils, empowerment marches, and survivor testimonials. The unifying theme throughout such events is the assertion that all human beings have the right to be free from violence, the right to be heard, and the right to reclaim those rights if they are violated.

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