Together, we can prevent sexual and domestic violence. That’s why Saving Grace is inviting Central Oregonians to Take Back the Night on Friday, April 22 in downtown Bend with an evening full of awareness-raising activities to empower the community to take action against violence.
Saving Grace will kick off its family-friendly Take Back the Night events with a Healthy Relationships Fair from 6 – 9 p.m. the Liberty Theatre, featuring activities that explore healthy relationships, myths and facts about sexual and domestic violence, and more, with options for all ages. We will be giving away prizes for the group that has the most members complete each station in the fair, as well as a free raffle entry for everyone who finishes. Register your team today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or register at the event.
At 7 p.m., in the nearby Mirror Pond Plaza, a “Speak Out” featuring survivors and other community members will highlight the impact of sexual and domestic violence and what is being done to address these issues. Following the “Speak Out,” at about 7:30 p.m., attendees will carry that message of hope and empowerment through downtown in Saving Grace’s Shine a Light Walk.
Take Back the Night began in Europe in the 1970s as a grassroots movement to protest sexual assault and other violence experienced by women after dark. Today, it is observed around the world each April with a variety of events to uplift all survivors and prevent future violence.