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Although the origin of Take Back The Night (TBTN) is not clear, it has become an internationally recognized event with rich herstory, occurring worldwide since the 1970's. Here in the United States most people acknowledge that San Francisco held the first TBTN is November 1978. At this groundbreaking event over 5,000 people from over 30 states gathered to demonstrate. These early participants later returned to their own communities with plans to organize their own TBTN marches. Every April communities across the United States join together for Take Back The Night marches, rallies and speak-outs in an effort to end sexual assault in their cities and towns and give survivors a place to heal. Beginning March 28, Case Western Reserve University's Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will present a week-long series of events which raise awareness about sexual assault and violence against women, and also provide a venue to speak out and to be empowered in the face of violence.
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Related: Sexual Assault Awareness Month