The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape in collaboration with Survivors living with disabilities– Toronto is pleased to announce its 36th annual Take Back the Night event happening on Friday September 16th, 2016 at Ryerson Student Union located at 55 Gould St. (at Dundas and Yonge)

This year’s theme is about centering the lives and experiences of survivors who self-identify as living with various disabilities which include but are not limited to physical disabilities, mobility disabilities, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health as disability. We operate within the independent living philosophy while empowering survivors with disabilities to be leaders in their own lives.

People living with disabilities have higher rates of trauma and violence in our community. For many reasons these incidents are underreported and often unidentified by the individual and the community as a whole. One of the biggest barriers to people living with disabilities is not physical barriers but attitudinal ones. This years Take Back the Night will mobilize this community into taking action!

We welcome Trans people, genderqueer people, 2Spirit people, non-binary people and cisgender women living with disabilities and non-disabled community members/representatives of community

ASL interpretation, Deaf Interpretation, Attendant care, tokens, dinner provided!

 Committee meetings are on the following dates:

Wednesday August 3rd (6-8pm) – What is TBTN? What are the roles of TBTN? What does it mean to work with survivors living with disabilities? What thoughts do we have about the theme, poster, etc? How do you want to be involved at Take Back the Night?

Wednesday August 10th (6-8pm) – What is the progress of roles and jobs for the event? What is accessibility for the event? What does the rally look like? What are the committees for each aspect of the event?

Wednesday August 17th (6-8pm) – Workshop on Disability and committee work including: food, childcare, media, rally, poster making and community fair. Additional planning including: Accessibility team support and Rally team support.

 Wednesday August 24th (6-8pm) – ACCESSIBILITY TEAM SUPPORT TRAINING Part 1: For Accessibility Team volunteers and all committee members

Wednesday August 31st (6-8pm) – ACCESSIBILITY TEAM SUPPORT TRAINING Part 2: For Accessibility Team volunteers and all committee members

 Wednesday September 7th (6-8pm)– MARSHALL TRAINING: For would-be marshals, committee meeting happens in another space.

Wednesday September 14th (6-8pm) – Final meeting before the event. Site visit, walking/rolling the route, looking at the space for community fair, etc. This meeting will take place at Ryerson Student Union (55 Gould St.)

Wednesday September 21stth (6-8pm) – Celebration and Event Evaluation

All Meetings take place at 2398 Yonge St. Anne Johnston Health Station

(closest major intersection Yonge and Eglinton)

ASL interpretation, Deaf Interpretation, Attendant care, tokens, dinner provided!

Interesting in helping to plan Take Back the Night this year? Contact Deb at (416)597-1171 x 230 or


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