Take Back the Night 2023

Support Survivors in Our Community and End Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault.

Take Back the Night is a march, rally, and vigil that unites the community to support survivors and envision an end to sexual assault, domestic violence, rape, and child sexual abuse. This community event is open to anyone in the public. It creates a safe space for victims, survivors, and allies to speak out. The event includes opportunities for people to participate in survivor and ally speak outs, hear music performances, listen to guest speakers, and view the Clothesline project, which features tshirts hand decorated by survivors. Tracing roots back to the 1970s, Take Back the Night started as a call to end violence and reclaim the night for survivors without fear from walking alone after dark. ​It is an annual event, in solidarity with others across the world, that occurs every April in Ithaca, NY.

Check out our flyer updated with this year’s tshirt art! Please download, print, and share this flyer widely.

TBTN Tshirt Art Poster PDF

March and Rally Locations, times, performers, and more!

April 28th, 2023

Featuring words from Advocacy Center staff, Mayor Laura Lewis, and Jaime Warburton, and performances from Ana Florencia, Tilia Cordata, and Motherwort!

​March Locations and Information:

This is event brings together college and local communities to unite as one powerful voice. To accomplish this there are 3 marches: one from Cornell, one from Ithaca College, and one from downtown Ithaca, which all convene together on the Commons for the rally. Participants are encouraged to join any march where they feel community. Marchers are encouraged to make signs, bring banners or wear clothes that highlight groups and organizations standing in solidarity with survivors or with messages of protest against domestic and sexual violence.

Marches leave from:

  • Textor Hall, Ithaca College
    At 6:15 pm
  • Ho Plaza, Cornell University
    At 6:30 pm
  • GIAC, 310 W. Court Street:
    At 6:45 pm

​Rally Information:

The rally portion of the event begins at 7 pm after all three marchers arrive on The Commons. The rally is meant to be (1), a safe space for survivors, (2), an opportunity for the community to show their support through words, music and other art, and (3), a place to speak out against forms of interpersonal violence. The heart of the rally is survivor and ally speak-out sessions, in which attendees are able to have a brief time to share their experience and impacts of domestic and sexual violence in whatever way feels most healing.

​The rally will be on the ​Ithaca Commons from 7-9pm.

2023 Take Back the Night Volunteers:

Become a Take Back the Night Volunteer!

Volunteers will meet in-person no more than 6 times Feb-April 2023.

We will meet Monday evenings, and the first meeting will be Monday, February 6, 2023. An email will be sent to you upon registering to volunteer!

New members always welcome!

TBTN Volunteers are a collaboration of dedicated community members and various local organizations who plan each year’s Take Back the Night! In the past the Collective has consisted of representatives from: Cornell Women’s Resource Center, LACS, Tompkins County Mental Health, Cornell’s SASSY, GIAC, Village Ithaca, Tompkins Community Action, IC Feminists United, local Ithaca community members, Ithaca High School, and Wells College.

Together we will recruit performers and speakers, plan the march routes, reach out to community members and organizations, and plan other details that arise!

If you would like to be part a TBTN Volunteer,
Please click HERE to fill out the form