Syracuse UniversityOffice of Health Promotion


Take Back the Night

Rally. March. Speak-Out.

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an event where women, men and trans* individuals join together to speak out against sexual and domestic violence.  Join us on:

Save the Date

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7pm in Hendricks Chapel

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. Take Back the Night 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 in April each year, 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 Proclamation

The following is the Take Back the Night invitation to support a community committed to ending sexual and relationship violence.

"As members of the Syracuse University community, we will not tolerate 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, sexual or verbal violence.


- 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 the Syracuse University a safer place."

Supporters of this commitment will be recognized in posters and a Daily Orange ad the week of Take Back the Night.

Support the Take Back the Night Pledge

Pledge and join the TBTN Committee in becoming a part of the solution to reduce interpersonal violence in the Syracuse University community.  Your group/office’s name on the 2017 TBTN Tee Shirt will show the SU community that your organization will not tolerate interpersonal violence of any kind. To endorse the Take Back the Night 2017 official pledge instructions are as follows;

1. Fill out the Pledge Poster Request Form 

2. Have a conversation with your group about  the Take Back The Night Pledge and distribute the pledge cards to all group members.

3. Sign the pledge poster as a group

4. Email a picture of your completed pledge poster (with or without your groups members in the image) to by Friday March 10th at 4PM.

5. Invite members of your group to attend TBTN 2017! 

Pledge Poster Request Form

Take Back the Night 2017 Tee Shirts

2017 TBTN tee shirts are available for order at the Schine Box Office starting Monday February 27th until Friday March 10th. Individual shirts can be purchased for $10 and orders of 30 quantity or greater can be purchased for $8/shirt. 100% of profits will be donated to Vera House Inc.

Vera House Inc. is a local comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency providing shelter, advocacy, and counseling services for women, children & men, education and prevention programs and community coordination. For more information please visit the Vera House website;