The community rallies in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence at Take Back the Night to protest sexual violence in the Ithaca community. Take Back the Night is an annual march, rally, speak out and vigil that provides an opportunity for the community to show its support for survivors and raises awareness of sexual assault, rape and domestic violence.


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Why I Shop Downtown

What: Take Back the Night

When: 7 p.m. on April 24

Where: Dewitt Park

Additional Information

In recognition of the important role the community plays in supporting survivors and in ending sexual assault and domestic violence, the theme of Take Back the Night this year is community mobilization. This theme aims to show that whether someone is a victim, a survivor or an ally, everyone in the Ithaca community has a role to play in ending sexual and domestic violence.

With their signs of protest in hand, people will march to Dewitt Park from either Ithaca College, Cornell University or the Greater Ithaca Activities Center. Upon arrival at the park, the rally will proceed with guest speakers, performances and speak outs by survivors and allies.

The community march will leave the Greater Ithaca Activities Center at 6:45 p.m., the Cornell University march will leave Ho Plaza at 6:30 p.m., and the Ithaca College march will depart from Textor Circle at 6:15 p.m.

The 300 attendees will illuminate the night with lit candles in their hands as they hold a vigil for all of the people who have lost their lives to sexual violence.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.