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Join us for Take Back the Night – APRIL 17th at 6pm!

  • Marion Square Park Charleston, SC USA (map)

PAR’s first Take Back the Night was held in 1985, making this year’s event our 29th 
annual rally. PAR’s commitment to helping and healing goes beyond responding to 
victims in times of crisis. We are committed to supporting survivors and 
encouraging them, and everyone, to speak up and speak out against violence and 
sexual assault. We invite everyone in the community to join us for another great 
Take Back the Night event on April 17th from 6-9p.m. in Marion Square, downtown 
The night’s festivities will include live music, games and giveaways, and children’s 
activities. Speakers will include Dean Kilpatrick, PAR’s Board of Director’s Chair and 
one of the original founders of PAR, Chief Gregory Mullen of the Charleston Police 
Department, Mayor Joseph Riley, and a sexual assault survivor, Lori Johnson. We’ll 
also invite everyone to publicly take the pledge “to not commit, condone, or remain 
silent about sexual violence.” 

Join us for a night of excitement and empowerment as we stand together and rally 
against sexual violence and Take Back the Night! 

The Importance:   

Approximately 1,100,000 forcible rapes occur every year, which means that at least 
two rapes are perpetrated every minute. What’s more, the vast majority of these 
assaults are never reported, and many victims suffer in silence. Take Back the Night 
is intended to give survivors back their voice. This year’s motto, “Shatter the silence, 
stop the violence,” encourages women, men, children, and all those who are 
survivors to stand together against rape and sexual assault. 

The History:  

The first official Take Back the Night in the United States was held in Philadelphia in 
1975 in response to the brutal stabbing and murder of a young scientist, Susan 
Alexander Speeth, while walking home alone. Citizens rallied and cried out against 
violence in the streets. The following year, The International Tribunal on Crimes 
Against Women held the first international Take Back the Night event, with over 
2000 women attending from 40 different countries. These two events sparked more 
rallies to occur all across Europe and the United States. For almost 40 years, 
colleges, universities, women’s centers, and rape crisis centers have been hosting 
and sponsoring Take Back the Night events. 
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