Consent Peer Educators, providing education to students surrounding sexual violence, also assisted at the sign-making event and encouraged the community to get involved in the activities.
“Sexual Violence is a very stigmatized topic and we don’t often feel comfortable talking about it. We’re lucky at Guelph-Humber and Humber to have something like this because a lot of schools don’t and so these topics aren’t talked about openly again,” consent peer educator, Mackenzie Boers said.
The march not only focuses on women who have been victims of sexual violence, “it’s something that crosses racial lines, it crosses gender and sexuality lines,” Jessica Pilfold, student-life coordinator said.
She’s also the co-chair for TBTN and said everyone is affected because they likely know someone who is affected by this issue.
The march “bridges different communities and identities on campus to all come together and support one another,” Pilfold said.
Some students said that TBTN is a “safe place” where they know others in the march that have similar or shared experiences will be standing beside them.
Alex Martin, Ignite and justice studies student said, “The fact that we’re doing it every year definitely makes a statement that we feel strongly about it and how important it is to us at Guelph-Humber and Humber, how big it is for everyone to understand this concept.”
According to the TBTN Committee, this year’s march will focus on the artistic expression of people’s lived experience in gender-based violence. Guests that will present their artwork, songs, poetry and dances are Alumni at Guelph-Humber.
The Take Back the Night March is on September 28, at 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.