Take Back the Night returns to in-person event

Take Back the Night. Photo courtesy of the Sexual Assault Survivors Centre via Twitter.

An international event aimed at bringing awareness and putting an end to sexual assault and domestic violence is being held locally on Thursday night.

Sarnia’s Sexual Assault Survivors Centre is hosting the annual “Take Back the Night”.

Public Education Coordinator Trish Vanoosterom said it’s not a fundraiser but rather a way to spread the word about the cause.

“We think it’s important that everyone comes out and supports survivors in our community,” said Vanoosterom. “We have seen an increase in our numbers for our agency, so it’s really important to come and show that solidarity and support. We have speeches, sign making, book sales, hot beverages, and then we’re ending with a march.”

Vanoosterom said the guest speaker will be author Karen Moe who wrote the book “Victim: A Feminist Manifesto From a Fierce Survivor”.

Take Back the Night takes place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Centennial Park parking lot, off Harbour Road. The event has been held virtually for the past two years.

Over the years, the events have been used to highlight many issues faced by women, including domestic violence, workplace harassment, and human trafficking.