About Us

About Take Back the Night Foundation®

Our mission as a charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. People of all backgrounds around the world are taking back their voices by speaking out against these crimes and taking a stand through Take Back The Night. Sexual violence, harassment, abuse, stalking, and trafficking continue in epidemic proportions. We have made great strides, but our march is far from over.

Our History

Take Back The Night Foundation® is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN events began in the 1960’s in Belgium and England with protests about women not feeling safe walking down the street alone at night. In 1973, in the United States, a group of women at the University of Southern Florida dressed in black sheets, held broomsticks, and marched through campus demanding a women’s center. In 1975, a crowd in Philadelphia held a Take Back The Night Event to protest the murder of a microbiologist walking home after work. In the 70’s, San Francisco had a number of rallies in protest of “snuff” pornography and violence against women.

These early protests sparked hundreds of events on college campuses and in communities of all sizes and locations, all hoping to bring awareness to sexual violence and provide support for victims. More and more communities have since joined the movement around the world to hold events related to their goals of support and awareness. We now reach millions of people each year!

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The Foundation

In 2001, Katie Koestner, the first woman in the US to speak out nationally and publicly on being the victim of campus “date” rape, reached out to event organizers and participants in the US and globally about uniting our efforts and sharing our history. We wanted to bring the passion, energy, and support of Take Back The Night to more communities. In establishing the Take Back The Night Foundation, the ability to share our collective history and support each other became possible. Today, our Board Members and thousands of supporters work tirelessly to provide resources, funding, and healing to as many communities as possible.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

CONTACT US

TBTN is a 100% volunteer organization. We do our best to respond to inquiries within 24 hours, if not sooner. TBTN has victims' rights attorneys to provide Legal Assistance for survivors. Please complete the intake form. For all other inquiries, complete our contact form. If you are in need of immediate medical or legal support, please call 911. If you are in need of counseling support, please call (855) 598-4086 in the US or visit our Resources section for further information.

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