Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual rally, march and speak-out event. Campus members and the surrounding community unite to raise awareness of sexual and relationship violence. The rally features several speakers and performances and is followed by a march through campus and its surrounding areas. The speak-out that follows is a way for individuals to share in a safe and supportive space how interpersonal violence has affected their lives. TBTN is part of a global initiative to end sexual and relationship violence and an event where all people join together to speak out against sexual and domestic violence. 

Save the Date: Wednesday March 29, 2023, 7 p.m.

Take Back The Night Planning Committee

The Take Back the Night Planning Committee comprises students that have been nominated by staff, faculty and peers to help plan this annual event. The group meets starting in December the semester before the event and volunteers 8-15 hours a month to help plan and promote the event. This event could not be a success without the hard work of the Take Back the Night Planning Committee team.

Nominate a student (or yourself) for the 2023 Take Back The Night event by filling out this form.  Nominations will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Take Back The Night Pledge

As members of the Syracuse University community, we will stand together against any form of interpersonal violence on this campus. Every member of our community is entitled to live and work in a respectful and safe environment, and we are committed to working toward creating such an environment. It is on all of us to support those impacted by sexual and relationship violence and demonstrate our commitment to acting as a prosocial bystander to intervene.

  • We pledge to treat all people with respect and to never intentionally perpetuate violence in any form, including emotional, physical and sexual violence or verbal harassment.
  • We pledge to act as a prosocial bystander by recognizing and safely intervening in situations where interpersonal violence may occur, to impact the situation in a positive way.
  • We pledge to create an environment in which interpersonal violence is not tolerated and to make Syracuse University a safer place.

History of Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual event, observed throughout the United States as well as internationally, that brings community members together to speak out about sexual violence, relationship violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to proclaim that each individual has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard.

The origins of Take Back the Night are uncertain. It may have started in London, England in 1877, when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in streets at night. Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 in Belgium when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the streets to denounce the continuation of violence against women. Regardless of the origin of Take Back the Night, what is clear is the importance of these events. Thousands of Take Back the Night marches and rallies have taken place worldwide, including on college campuses, and this tradition continues.

Traditionally held the last Wednesday in March at Syracuse University, Take Back the Night is a collaboration of campus and community members, coming together to take a stand against all violence, to raise awareness about attitudes that perpetuate violence, and to discuss ways we can work together to make the night safe for all members of the community. Take Back the Night at Syracuse University is a series of events designed to bring all members of our community together to encourage dialogue about sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. The events culminate in a rally, march and speak-out at Hendricks Chapel. The rally and march provide a forum for members of our community to come together to take a stand publicly and proclaim that the violence must end. The speak-out that follows is a smaller, private gathering where individuals have the opportunity to talk in a safe space about how violence has impacted their lives and to talk with one another about what each of us can do to work to end the violence.

Take Back the Night Shirts

Each year the Take Back the Night Planning Committee sells an annual Take Back the Night shirt to raise money for the  Sexual and Relationship Violence Survivor Support Fund. Shirts will be available for purchase in the Campus Store and Barnes Center at The Arch Pharmacy starting mid-March and leading up to the event. Shirts will be $10 each and proceeds from shirt sales will benefit resources for victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence.