April 16, 2015
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.
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.
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.