Take Back The Night: Virtual Edition
To our community members, survivors, and allies,
The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is saddened to announce the cancellation of the planned 2020 Take Back The Night Virtual Edition. With safety precautions around Covid-19 and regulations on hosting large events, our hope was to bring Sexual Assault Centres and survivors from across Ontario together for a virtual event. This would have been the first large scale event from the OCRCC, and the first time centres from across the province came together to create an event under the coalition.
As Covid-19 continues to change the ways in which survivors are impacted by sexual violence, and the ways that sexual assault centres must respond to ever changing community and safety needs, the OCRCC has made the hard decision to cancel Take Back The Night plans for 2020. Centres are struggling to navigate increasing demand with growing strains on resources, and while Take Back The Night planning brought excitement to all involved, the whirlwind of the past few months is quickly bringing the end of 2020.
We would like to acknowledge the work that public educators, community members, and survivors put into sharing their stories, creative pieces, and visions of what a virtual Take Back The Night could look like. Through these uncertain times public educators came together to create a space of collaboration where the voices of survivors could be amplified. Through their tireless work we have a blueprint for future intra provincial collaboration. Please keep an eye out for updates from your local sexual assault centres for these upcoming dates, and follow them on social media:
- Nov 25-Dec 10 – 16 Days of Activism
- December 6th – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
- May 2021 – Sexual Assault Awareness Month