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April 16, 2015

March to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Take Back the Night will rally for awareness in Center City

Events Domestic Violence Awareness
Take Back the Night Michael Albany Photography/Take Back The Night

The 2015 Take Back The Night march takes place April 23.

Philly's 5th Annual Take Back the Night march to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence will take place Thursday, April 23. Advocates and supporters will march from four points throughout the city toward the First Unitarian Church at 21st and Chestnut to raise awareness of the country's epidemic rate of domestic and sexual violence. 

Once convened at First Unitarian, attendees will rally and host a "Bust the Myths" street action to explain the truths behind these violent crimes. Inside the church, survivors will share their stories and experiences with sexual and domestic violence. To end the night, a candlelight vigil will be held for those lost to and still living in violent situations.

Marches will begin at the following points at 5:45 p.m.:
North Point – 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue
South Point – 21st Street & Washington Avenue
East point –  12th & Chestnut streets
West Point –  40th & Chestnut streets

Each section should end up at First Unitarian at about 6:15 p.m. for the night's events. Resources for survivors from supporting organizations will be available at the church during the night. 

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This edition of Philly's Take Back the Night began in 2011 and continues to support survivors by providing resources, creating access to healing and reducing the stigma of being a survivor of violence. TBTN works against the common victim-blaming culture by emphasizing to survivors it is not their fault and advocating for change.

Philly Take Back the Night March, Rally & Vigil

Thursday, April 23
6:15 p.m. | Free admission
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St.