For the past 20 years, Take Back the Night DuPage has made a stand against power based violence right here in our community, something that continued this year at their rally at Benedictine University.
“This is something that I really think is so important, so vital for our communities. As a survivor I know what it’s like to be silenced, I know what it’s like to feel like there’s no one else like you and you’re all alone in this, and I don’t want other people to feel like that,” said founder of Reclaiming Me, Meggie Zayas.
Many community organizations rallied behind the cause, providing information, support and services to those in attendance.
Speakers also took the podium, to share their stories and give a voice to survivors.
“For me it’s a very personal event because I am a survivor of both sexual assault and domestic violence. And I went to a take back the night rally a few months after my assault and it was one of the first things where I felt I got my power back. I was listening to the keynote speaker whose story really resonated with me, and I was able to march and yell and just take back the night and it was a really empowering experience, so it’s really important to me to have other survivors in our community get that opportunity like I had,” said founder of Karlie Educates, Karli Johnson.
Other survivors were invited to speak out, in an effort to take their sense of power back.
“A lot of times victims are told to be silent, so we’re breaking that rule. We are being loud and we’re letting our community know this happens in our homes, in our schools, in our campuses and we’re not going to have it anymore,” added Johnson.
Take Back The Night events occur in over 30 countries worldwide.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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