Texas Tech University

Take Back the Night

Why Take Back the Night?

  • A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life.

This scene could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Historically, women faced the anxiety of walking alone at night and that is why Take Back the Night began.

The first Take Back the Night event in the United States for which we have received documentation took place in Philadelphia in October of 1975.

Take Back The Night's supporters have always understood the power of speaking out. Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion. Survivors of sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse are invited to Shatter the Silence™ by posting your stories at the Take Back The Night Headquarters.

Join faculty, staff, students and community members in supporting and telling our stories to help our world work toward eliminating sexual violence.

CONTACT: Tech FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Allliance)

Take Back the Night Rally & March

Join Tech FMLA (Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance) for Take Back the Night!


April 24 |  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Set up at 6:00 p.m. / Take down 8:30 p.m.)
Free Event | Memorial Circle

“Take Back the Night” is an interactive event that creates awareness, empowers survivors and educates the community about sexual violence. Our Voice is Our Strength; please join us to speak out against sexual violence by attending this important event and inviting your friends.

  • 6:30 pm – Meet at Memorial Circle (poster making opportunity)
  • 7:00 pm – Rally/Guest Speakers/Clothesline Project
    Location: TTU Memorial Circle
  • 7:15 pm - March with Chant & Posters
    Location: TTU Memorial Circle to Broadway
  • 7:40 pm – Speak Out & Vigil: Circle of Remembrance
    Location: TTU Memorial Circle

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