Over the past 20 years, Take Back the Night has advocated for women who have suffered violence.
As this is our 20th year, we have many events planned throughout the County to help bring awareness to the issue. Plans are underway to bring the message to every corner of Will County; displays will be set up in many of the area libraries; and a timeline of the efforts of Take Back the Night is being created. As you can imagine, we are working to make this 20th year to be the biggest message we have ever delivered.
We are working on a dynamic speaker that will especially resonate with young women. We believe learning early that violence against women should not be tolerated may be the best deterrent. Programs are also being planned for the surrounding high schools to help educate students on the dynamics of teen dating violence to facilitate a reduction of teens entering violent relationships.
The evening’s tradition of honoring the women and children who have been murdered, with a vigil and march will continue. This year we will be looking back at all victims over the past 20 years. Community organizations will be there with resources and information available to help victims and their families also.