Take Back the Night! March with us!

Starts: Friday, November 21st 2014 at 6:00 pm
Ends: Friday, November 21st 2014 at 8:00 pm

Join us for a march through the streets of downtown Montreal starting at Norman Bethune Square (Guy-Concordia metro)! Oppose Gendered Violence!

Take Back The Night has become internationally known as a way to take a stand and speak out against gendered violence, especially sexual violence. We are marching for a safer community, free of harassment, sexual abuse, and assaults for people of all genders. We are reclaiming our right to be free of violence and to walk without fear, any time of day or night.

Recently Montreal Police revealed that 17 women in 2014 alone had been the targets of sexual assault perpetrated in Montreal taxis by drivers. Even though these assaults in taxis have been taking place for years, the SPVM only chose to share this information with the public after one survivor of such an assault went to the media herself. Rather than denouncing the violence, putting measures in place to ensure background check for drivers (a measure not in place in Quebec), and making it clear that there will be repercussions for anyone perpetrating an assault, the SPVM have instead recommended that women not travel alone at night in cabs, or become too intoxicated. This infantilizing, misogynistic response is one that promotes rape culture, a culture where the onus is placed on would-be targets of violence to prevent that violence from taking place rather than on would-be perpetrators to check their actions and intentions.

We also want to take back our spaces on campus. In the last year, Canadian universities have been front and centre in the news when it comes to campus sexual assault, namely McGill, the University of British Columbia, the University of Toronto, York, and St. Mary’s University. Few Canadian universities have sexual assault policies and when they do, they are often limited in their scope. Yet, nearly one in five women will be sexually assaulted as students, and very little data is available on the experiences of people of other genders when it comes to sexual assault. We want to take back our campuses to make them safer, but university administrations must also do their jobs in implementing policies and practices to make safer campuses a reality.

We denounce sexual and gendered violence! March with us. Take Back the Night!

Guest speakers:

Aimee Louw, Accessibilize MTL
Women in cities
Viviane Michel, Quebec Native Women
South Asian Women Community Centre
Centre for Gender Advocacy
and more…