by Kathy-Ann Laman

Take Back the Night is an international event about women reclaiming the right to be free of violence and to be able to be wherever they may choose, whenever they want, without being fearful. The Anti-Violence Coalition is proud to be hosting this event in North Grenville for the first time. This year’s rally and march will be held in downtown Kemptville on September 19 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. We are gathering at Rotary Park on the corner of Clothier and Prescott Street, where people are welcome to create their own signs for the march. At 6:30, we will rally together with guest speakers who will raise awareness about issues facing women, LGBTQ and others in our community, and take a stand on each person’s right to feel safe where we are without the threat of violence. At 7 pm, we will begin our march in Old Town Kemptville, first by doing the Sanders/Rideau Street triangle, and then the Prescott/Asa/Water Street loop. Everyone is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring noisemakers, signs, and to wear comfortable walking shoes. Please be aware that there is uneven pavement on the route.

The first Take Back the Night Event took place in Philadelphia in October 1975. Susan Alexander Speeth was stabbed by a stranger a block from her home while walking home alone one night. The citizens of Philadelphia rallied together in memory of Susan, and to stand against sexual violence against women. Canada had its first march in 1978 in Vancouver, B.C. All across Canada, Take Back the Night events will be taking place throughout the month of September. Events can include marches, rallies, candlelight vigils and are designed to raise awareness of the safety issues women, children and marginalized people face in our country.

This is an inclusive, family-friendly, FREE event open to all members of the public of all ages!

The Anti-Violence Coalition formerly known as the Victim Issues Coordinating Committee of Leeds and Grenville consists of a collaboration of agencies committed to enhancing our community response to violence. For further and current event information, check our Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/356234198348001/. For more information on the Anti-Violence Coalition of Leeds and Grenville please visit our website at www.avclg.com.

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