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Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

 

 

All the info!

When: Thursday, September 28th

6pm - We Gather
7pm - We Rally
7:30pm - We March

Where: Hamilton City Hall - 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON

Who: TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

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The March

The march will be leaving City Hall at 7:30pm and following this route:

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I can't walk the entire march

If you are not able to march the entire route there is a short cut back to City Hall at Summers Lane near the Hamilton Convention Centre.  There will be a TBTN marshal waiting there to walk with folks back to City Hall.

Also, this year we will have an HSR city bus and a DARTS bus following the march for folks who are not able to walk the entire way.

 

Guidelines

Please:

  • Walk behind the soundtruck.
  • Be patient - folks with strollers or folks using wheelchairs or walkers may need to move more slowly.
  • Follow the marshals instructions. Marshals are wearing reflective vests.
  • Talk to a marshal if you need assistance.
  • Use the shortcut back to City Hall at Summers Lane or the bus that is following the march if you are not able to walk the entire route.
  • Visit the SACHA table or call SACHA's 24 Hour Support Line - 905.525.4162 - if you need supportive listening. Take Back the Night can bring up a lot of emotions - joy, anger, sadness, excitement, fear, love.

We will march on the street in one lane of traffic.

 

Supportive Listening

Take Back the Night can bring up many emotions - joy, sadness, excitement, fear, love. If you need to talk with someone please visit the SACHA table where there are folks ready to listen or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line - 905.525.4162.

 

What to bring?

  • A sign with your message about ending violence — There will be a sign making table at the gathering with crafts supplies if you’d like to make a sign at the event.
  • Comfy shoes — The march is an hour long!
  • A water bottle — There are water filling stations at the gathering and a fountain in City Hall.
  • Noise makers — Let’s get loud!
  • A raincoat (perhaps…) — TBTN happens rain or shine!

 

You Can March With Us

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Thinking about coming to Take Back the Night next Thursday but feeling uncertain or anxious?

Not sure what it will feel like to be at the event? Don’t have an available friend to come with you? You are a kind person who wants to offer a friendly welcome to someone more nervous coming to TBTN?

This year we are going to have a “You Can March With Us” table.

We have people whose specific task it is to make everyone feel welcome and more comfortable in attending the event.

Everyone at some point in their life has felt uneasy in a crowd.  Everyone at some point has felt awkward. That’s normal. But this discomfort can stop people from participating in something awesome such as TBTN.  We don’t want this to be a barrier to anyone.  We love extroverts and gregarious people who shine at group events and we love introverts and shy folk. (We love you too ambiverts – don’t want you to feel left out either.)

Here’s why you may want to visit us at our You Can March With Us table:

  • You will see someone who is happy you are at TBTN
  • You can ask questions about event
  • You will find someone you can march with
  • Use us as a meet up location with friends who are joining you at TBTN
  • You are welcome to come to our table if you would like to offer yourself and your friends as buddies to someone looking for a TBTN friend
  • You want to write a note for our table welcoming people to TBTN

Where can you find the You Can March With Us table?

We'll be set up beside the SACHA info table on the west side of the City Hall forecourt.

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We want everyone who comes to TBTN to have an amazing time. We know different people need different things to make this happen.

This resource developed with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
All services are Free, Confidential and Non-Judgmental. © SACHA. 24 Hour Support Line 905-525-4162

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