Mission: The Take Back The Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.
Results: We have reached over 5 million people in over 30 countries. We have over 600 locations around the world holding events. We held the first ever International Summit to End Sexual Violence in July 2016 in New York City to reach over 25 countries and bring together over 100 authors, experts, attorneys, government leaders, policy-makers, educators, activists and survivors.
Target demographics: survivors of sexual violence in all forms and raise awareness of sexual violence
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500,000 students and community members holding events.
Geographic areas served: over 600 communities around the world
Programs: Walks, Rallies, Vigils, Yoga for Healing, Marches, 10 Points of Light, From Hurt to Healing Counseling Sessions, and the International Summit to End Sexual Violence.
I attended a Take Back The Night Event at my college and felt completely empowered and supported by the number of men and women who were there to stand with all the survivors. The event was so powerful because we could share our stories, see the support of our community agencies and know that we weren't alone. We had a closing candlelight vigil that was truly a beacon of light for our strength!
I had the opportunity to get involved with TBTN through the University of Michigan's WILL program during my attendance there. This was probably my greatest experience for growth and learning during my years of higher learning. In an era when rape culture is prevalent, convicted assailants get off with a slap on the wrist, and Brock Turner is going to make a profit from his crime off of doing a tour to talk about promiscuity and alcohol consumption, which is basically victim blaming, I cannot think of a more important social issue to bring to the forefront. I highly endorse this organization, as it gives a voice to survivors of sexual violence, and reminds us of how important this issue is.