Community urged to step up and speak out at Take Back the Night event

Press Release by Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

Peterborough ON – The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Fleming College and partner organizations are encouraging community members to step up, speak out and take a stand against sexual violence.

This candlelight vigil and walk, which will take place in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton, welcomes survivors of sexual violence and harassment, their supporters and allies to join together in solidarity. In the wake of local issues of sexual assault, online luring and sexual harassment, changes to campus policies on sexual violence and harassment, and recent high profile sexual assault trials, the Centre and College welcome participants to join together to build a more healing and inclusive community.

The annual Take Back the Night event will take place starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018. This free event includes a rally with speeches, musical performances, and spoken word poetry followed by the ‘Light Your Way’ solidarity walk at 7:30 p.m. Come early for pre-rally poster making, supplies available on site!

Share your voice and speak out! Here are the locations:

  • Peterborough – Millennium Park (meet at Silver Bean Cafe), 130 King St.
  • Lindsay – Victoria Park (meet at King St., west side of park), 207 Kent St W.
  • Cobourg – “The Gathering Place” Monument, east side of Victoria Park, Cobourg.
  • Haliburton – Head Lake Band Shell (enter from York St. suggested).

BONUS! Get ready for Take Back the Night on the evening of Wednesday September 19 at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, beginning with refreshments and information booths in the lobby at 6:00 pm with a screening of the film “A Better Man” to play at 6:30 pm. This film is for a 14+ audience. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with community social service providers to create a dialogue around the issue of sexual violence. Childcare will be provided by Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre volunteers.

For more information, check out our Facebook events, the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre website ( or call the Centre at 705-748- 5901.

About Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence.  At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training.  In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.

Media, for more information please contact:

Lisa Clarke, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
Community Engagement and Project Manager
705.748.5901 x 204

Sara O’Halloran
Communications Officer
705.749.5530 x 1366