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The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Take Back the Night March is set for April 20th at Washington Park, South Lawn.  The theme this year is “Reclaiming Your Path to Healing”.  I’ve been on the committee for the past five years.  Before joining the committee, I had attended TBTN off and on since 2004.

TBTN can be an emotional and draining event.  I’ve taken my daughter off and on throughout the years starting when she was 4, and she is 17 now.  When she was younger, I struggled with the balance of exposing her to too much, too young.  One year I decided not to bring her with me.  That year, a five year old spoke at the Speak Out portion of the event.  My daughter has since attended every year.  My younger daughter who is seven has attended every year since she was three.  It’s possible she may hear things she doesn’t’ fully understand, and she doesn’t always have the patience or attention span I’d like her to have… but she understands it’s important to go and support others even when she doesn’t fully understand the circumstances.  This decision might not be right for every child or every family.  As my older daughter has brought friends with her, I have discussed TBTN with their parents to ensure they understood the event.

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Take Back the Night (TBTN) seeks to end sexual violence in all its forms including sexual assault, sexual abuse, and incest.  TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process, honors those who have not survived, and inspires responsibility in us all.  The goal of TBTN is to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.

Agenda (tentative)
6:00 – Gather/Make Signs
6:30 – Start
6:35 – One Billion Rising
6:50 – March around Washington Park
7:15 – Speaker
7:50 – Speak Out
8:35 – Candlelight Vigil with MUSE
8:45 – Closing/Call to Action

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