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Take Back the Night

Survive and Thrive

     Take Back the Night is an international campaign designed to take a stand against interpersonal and sexual violence. On Penn’s Campus, Take Back the Night includes a speaker on College Green, a rally/protest and a march around campus with the Penn Band, and a survivor speak-out and candlelight vigil. In past years, included speakers have been from Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence, Philly’s only full-service rape crisis center. 

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Why Take Back the Night?

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American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (RAINN)


Every 68 seconds another American is sexually assaulted (RAINN)

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In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted them (NSVRC)


2.78 million American men have been the victim of attempted or completed raped as of 1998 (RAINN)

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  • Help plan TBTN! ASAP hosts a TBTN planning meeting open to the entire Penn population in the Spring. Let your voice be heard.  

  • Your group can pledge support to Take Back the Night. We will post a form a few months leading up to the event to help get groups involved. 

  • Be recognized as a Co-sponsor
    • Pledge support to attend the rally and march. 
    • Host a poster-making session for your group members AND/OR
    • Sign up for short activities the week of TBTN to help bring awareness to campus (sign-up links will be provided after Spring Break). AND/OR
    • Perform at the rally if you are performing arts group. 

  • Signing up for involvement and pledging support will be possible all the way up to and during the week of TBTN.

Take Back the Night 2016

Take Back the Night 2016


2019 DP 
Photo Essay | Penn fights against sexual violence at Take Back the Night


DP 2018
Scenes of the Penn community taking back the night

Take Back the Night Foundation


2019 DP
Students rally at 'Take Back the Night' to protest sexual violence on campus

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2016 DP
Students Take Back the Night with rally against sexual assault


2013 DP
Take Back the Night evolves after rocky past

Our 2022 co-sponsors. Thank you!

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