The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton is returning to its annual Take Back the Night event this year, being held Sept. 22 at Centennial Park.
“It’s a great, family-friendly event, for folks to come on out and stand in solidarity with survivors,” said public education coordinator Trish Vanoosterom, noting that last year, the annual event was hosted as an outdoor movie night, and was held virtually in 2020. “We are thrilled to have Karen Moe as our keynote speaker coming all the way from British Columbia.”
Moe is an art critic, visual performance artist, author and feminist activist, whose work focuses on systemic violence in patriarchy. She’ll be joined by Lila Bruyere who will lead the opening and closing ceremonies. Bruyere is a former Aamjiwnaang First Nation addictions counsellor and residential school survivor.
The event also includes sign making, hot chocolate and coffee, to highlight the solidarity walk — a tradition the agency began in 1993 to raise awareness about violence against women and children.
This year’s event is being held at the Survivor Footsteps Path, located in Centennial Park, off Harbour Road.
For more information, contact [email protected] or by phone (519) 337-3154, ext. 203.
If you have experienced sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking or exploitation, visit www.sexualassaultsarnia.ca or call 519-337-3154. A crisis line is available 24/7 at 519-337-3320 . All services are free, confidential, with no wait lists
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Take Back the Night
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Centennial Park (off Harbour Road at the Survivor Footsteps Path)
DETAILS: A free, family-friendly event; registration is not required