This year's Red Deer Unite! Take Back the Night event will happen virtually on Sept. 17. Due to the pandemic, participants will not be able to gather, as they have in past years, at City Hall Park. (Advocate file photo).

Online Take Back the Night rally planned in Red Deer against sex assault

Red Deer Unite! Take Back the Night is happening virtually on Sept. 17.

The fourth-annual event aims to raise awareness about sexual assault.

“We recognize that sexual assault doesn’t discriminate and can affect individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and gender. This is why we believe that through collectively coming together we can remove the stigma,” say organizers.

“We must (claim) our bodies as our own… and change the culture.”

At 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, Red Deer Unite Take Back the Night will partner with Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Center (CASASC) and UBUNTU Mobilizing Central Alberta to host the 4th-annual event online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A variety of speakers will cover topics related to sexual assault, ally-ship, and social change.

Check out the Facebook page @TBTNreddeerunite for more information.

By creating a public platform where community members can safely come together and project their voice against sexual violence, organizers believe “we can change rape culture. We can stop shaming, and we can own our bodies…

“We are not victims, we are survivors. We will not pity or shame those who have experienced sexual violence but rather we will stand alongside them using our voices to demand change.”

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