‘What I’m wearing does not mean yes’
by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
Take Back the Night is an initiative against the abuse of woman and children in their communities which has been happening for 40 years.
Woman who have been taken advantage of, or supporting those who have, along with children and male allies gathered for a late night march around downtown Windsor Sept. 19. The group also had some chants, music and a special appearance from the cast of Rent to be performed at The Olde Walkerville Theatre this October. The event ran from until 10 p.m. and saw around 120 people participate in the march.
Chair of the Take Back the Night planning committee Katie Nanson said the march around Windsor symbolizes not all woman feel safe during the night in the city, but everyone deserves to.
“This is an opportunity for everyone to march and represent that right,” said Nanson. “Attending an event like this can be the first step for people to start feeling safer in the community. It’s a quiet issue and this can help raise awareness and make people feel safer.”
Nanson said 67 per cent of individuals will know of someone who is involved in a violent act and she finds that number very staggering.
“Almost everyone knows of someone who has been abused or taken advantage of just in Windsor and Essex County,” said Nanson. “Most of it we don’t ever hear about either. Only about 10 per cent is ever publicized.”
Nanson said the new bystander initiative happening in Windsor is great and it will encourage people to stand up and help out when violent acts occur.
Male ally Patrick Hansor said he is very supportive of the Take Back the Night event as something that helps raise conscious to the issue.
“Any kind of violence is a very horrible thing,” said Hansor. “We have to do something about it and tonight is kind of the first step for many who have been violated or could possibly be in danger one day.”