Posted by Katie Warchol - email
TOLEDO, OHIO (WTOL) -
Last night was about encouraging women everywhere to take back the night.
"This is the clothesline project. These 200 t-shirts have been created by local survivors of violence against women. It's all part of toledo's 15th annual 'take back the night' event."
And as they do every year--walk the streets together--symbolically taking back their homes and their lives from violence and fear.
"It's an opportunity for us to say to survivors 'it's not your fault.' no one ever desires to be sexually abused or the victim of intimite persons violence. It's a chance to say perpertrators are the one one responsible."
The event also offers resources to help women and the silent witness project--a display of figures representing violence victims.
There's also a community rally--featuring speakers--performers and poets.
"I was molested as a child. I was raped as a young women."
And lady t's poetry tells of her journey from being a victim to being a survivor.
"We have to work with the men. Work with the women. So that we can end up with a society that does not support the culture of violence against women."
And that's the message here: report the violence.
"I don't think we can ever know how frequently it happens because of it being under-reported. We know it's a big problem."
And for that reason--you can bet they'll take to the streets to take back the night again next year.
Dick berry--News Eleven.