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Take Back the Night

Thursday, Sept. 17

7:30 pm
E.J. Iddings Agricultural Science Building, Room 106 | Map

The crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence affect entire communities, far beyond the one in four women in the United States who are listed as victims in police reports every year. This year’s Take Back The Night  rally and march is included in “I Got Your Back” Campus Safety Week at the University of Idaho. Take Back the Night  provides members of the campus and local community with an opportunity to take a visible, active stand to break the silence, and reclaim the night in protest of all forms of violence and assault.

Structure of event

The program will feature an opening rally with spoken word performed by University of Idaho students. Following the rally, there will be a candlelit march around campus. At the conclusion of the march, participants are invited to gather back at the starting point a Speak-Out/Open Mic. The event is free and open to all, and local community members are warmly invited to attend. The first 100 attendees receive a free T-shirt!

History of the event

The idea for Take Back the Night originated at the International Tribunal on Crimes against Women in March 1976 in Brussels, Belgium. 2,000 women representing 40 different countries attended the event, and organized a candlelight procession through the streets of Brussels, to protest sexual assault and domestic violence. Since then, the movement has spread across the world, and Take Back the Night has become internationally known as a visible, community-based way to take a stand against sexual violence and other forms of discriminatory violence. In 2001, the international headquarters and charitable non-profit organization forTake Back the Night was founded to support locally-organized, creative events to raise awareness about and incite action towards ending sexual violence. A source of empowerment for survivors and education for millions, these events happen in hundreds of schools and communities all across the country each year. From marches at dusk, rallies and survivor speak-outs, to quiet candlelit vigils, these events have paved the way from victim to survivor for thousands of people. 

History of Take Back the Night at the University of Idaho

The University of Idaho has hosted a Take Back the Night event each year for many years, to educate and empower students, staff, faculty and community members around critical issues, not only of sexual violence, but of the violence committed against members of marginalized and underrepresented populations. Take Back the Night sends a critical, united message that we as a community do not condone this type of violence on our campus or in our town. Take Back the Night sends the message that we will not tolerate, will not accept, will not stand for any type of violence against our community, no matter to whom it is directed—women, men, LGBTQ individuals, members of our multicultural community, or any other group. Take Back the Night is an important program among the University of Idaho’s anti-violence campus initiatives, showing strong institutional support of those who have survived violence in their lives, and condemnation against further acts of violence. Take Back the Night is part of a united voice that we as a community raise in protest against acts of violence on our campus, and in our society. Join us—and join the movement!


Take Back The Night  is sponsored by the Women’s Center; Violence Prevention Programs; Vandal Health Education; University Housing and Residence Life; UI Emergency and Security Services; the UI LGBTQA Office, and Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, as well as the campus student organizations Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. and Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc. Additional support has been provided by U-Idaho Facilities and The Argonaut.

For more information, or if you would like to co-sponsor this event, please contact the Women’s Center at (208) 885-2777 or email.