Have you seen those letters..TBTN... on buttons and t shirts and wondered what they mean? Yes, they stand for something and have done so for the last 30 years here in Hamilton (internationally since the 70"s I believe). TBTN stands for Take Back The Night and the french version is LRLN or La Rue, La Nuit. TBTN is all about having a voice and standing up to work towards an end to sexual violence.
If you wander over to City Hall this September 12 around 6 in the evening, you would come across a very large, upbeat crowd of people who have gathered to share information about services, enjoy music and special presentations, take part in poster contests and then take part in a loud but peaceful march through the streets ...all designed to allow individuals to collectively voice their opposition to sexual violence.
Although this is a women and women identified focused event, men who support the initiative are able to gather independently and likewise meet with others who share their convictions. If you want to know more about TBTN check out takebackthenighthamilton.wordpress.com/
1 in Four attended TBTN last year and our "street crew" of moms and kids successfully handed out about 500 brochures, met lots of great people and made some super community connections. We would love to see some of you at the event this year. So if you come to this website and have found it to be helpful or encouraging (even if you have some ideas on how we could improve!) we would love to meet you.
Thanks to D who emailed me yesterday expressing a desire to volunteer. 1 in Four is all about helping each other to heal and move forward and the more people who want to get involved, the more we can do.
For many survivors of Domestic Violence, the thought of getting together at a women-focused event such as TBTN can be overwhelming. I know I wanted nothing to do with it when I first heard of it because I felt that I would be way too exposed, that my husband would of course know that I was somehow there and would stalk me through the crowd ... these were very real fears for myself then and I imagine for many others today. When I finally got the courage to attend (it took me two years to go) I was pleased to find that it was a very safe and enjoyable evening. Look, I'm not the kind of person who usually goes to marches or waves banners and chants slogans -- I'm not an activist in the sense that I enjoy standing out in a crowd and getting noticed... I am however a woman and a mother who has a history with Domestic Violence and abuse and even though there is still a part of me that shrinks back at the idea of taking part in a rally of this nature, I know in my heart that I need to stand up and be a part of change.
So if you decide to come on down, even if you decide that marching and shouting is not for you, just come and find me at the 1 in Four table and introduce yourself. Depending where you are in your healing, I think you may find that this is going to be an event that you are really glad that you attended.
Hope to see you there!by