Be Involved

Rally. Speak-out.

Virtual Take Back The Night | April 15-30, 2020
Campus community members are welcome to drop-in on Blackboard using a NetID and password. From ordering your t-shirt, donating to the Sexual and Relationship Violence Survivor Support Fund, to the #IWillTBTN campaign and more, learn how to participate and support here!

Please explore this instructional video of how to Access Virtual TBTN.


  1. Navigate to Blackboard.
  2. Click “SU NetID LogIn.”
  3. Enter your NetID and password.
  4. Within Blackboard, click “Organizations” then click “Take Back The Night.”
  5. Next to the Organization ID (, click the grey down arrow.
  6. Then click “Enroll,” “Submit,” and “Okay.”

  1. Under the “Virtual Rally” tab, explore videos.
  2. On the “Resources” tab, access support information.
  3. On the “Connect” tab, individuals may participate in forums (Artistic Reflection, How Do You Take Back The Night?, Self Care Ideas and Survivor Love Letters).

Be Involved

The following is the Take Back the Night invitation to support a community committed to ending sexual and relationship violence.
“As members of the Syracuse University community, we will not tolerate any form of interpersonal violence on this campus. Every member of our community is entitled to live and work in a respectful and safe environment, and we are committed to working toward creating such an environment. It is on all of us to support those impacted by sexual and relationship violence and demonstrate our commitment to acting as a prosocial bystander to intervene.

  • We pledge to treat all people with respect and to never intentionally perpetuate violence in any form, including emotional, physical, sexual or verbal violence.
  • We pledge to act as a prosocial bystander by recognizing and safely intervening in situations where interpersonal violence may occur, to impact the situation in a positive way.
  • We pledge to create an environment in which interpersonal violence is not tolerated and to make Syracuse University a safer place.”

Supporters of this commitment will be recognized in posters and a Daily Orange ad the week of Take Back the Night.

Pledge and join the TBTN Committee in becoming a part of the solution to reduce interpersonal violence in the Syracuse University community. Your group/office's name on the 2020 TBTN t-shirt will show the SU community that your organization will not tolerate interpersonal violence of any kind. Offices and departments who submit photos of their pledge posters by Friday, Feb. 28, will be recognized on the Take Back the Night t-shirts, in a Daily Orange advertisement and in the event program.

To endorse the Take Back the Night 2020 official pledge instructions are as follows:

1. Fill out the Pledge Poster Request Form
2. Read the Take Back The Night Pledge and have a conversation with your group.
3. Sign the pledge poster as a group and distribute white ribbons.
4. Email a picture of your completed pledge poster (with or without group members in the image) to by noon on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
5. Invite members of your group to attend TBTN 2020.

Available now on the Syracuse University Bookstore website, $10 TBTN 2020 t-shirts are for sale. Proceeds from the t-shirts will go to resources for victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence, as well as education and prevention programs.

2020 TBTN and Those of Years Past

The Take Back the Night Planning committee is comprised of students that have been nominated by staff, faculty and peers to help plan this annual event. The group meets starting in December the semester before the event and volunteers 8-15 hours a month to help plan and promote the event. This event could not be a success without the hard work of the Take Back The Night Planning Committee team.

Planning Committee Co-Chairs:

  • Lauren Crimmins '20, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jane Satter '20, College of Arts and Sciences

Planning Committee Members:

  • Brian Aitken '20, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications & the Maxwell School of Citizenship of Public Affairs
  • Tiffany Brec, campus project coordinator, Vera House Inc.
  • Rachel Evans, assistant health promotion director in the Barnes Center at The Arch
  • Michelle Goode, sexual and relationship violence prevention health promotion specialist in the Barnes Center at The Arch
  • Cleo Hamilton '20 David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Lara Hicks '20, College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Patrick Lee '21, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Kimberly Ng '21, Colleges of Arts and Sciences
  • Victoria Payne '20, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics
  • Lauren Romisher '21, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Take Back the Night is an annual event, observed globally, that brings community members together to speak out about sexual violence, relationship violence and other forms of interpersonal violence. Take Back the Night provides an opportunity for community members to proclaim that each individual has the right to live free from violence and for the voices of those who have been affected by violence to be heard.

The origins of Take Back the Night are uncertain. Take Back the Night may have started in London, England in 1877, when women protested the fear and violence they experienced in streets at night. Others believe that the first rally occurred in 1976 in Belgium when women attending the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women lit candles and took to the streets to denounce the continuation of violence against women. Regardless of the origin of Take Back the Night, what is clear is the importance of these events. Thousands of Take Back the Night marches and rallies have taken place worldwide, including on college campuses, as this tradition continues.

Traditionally held in April each year, Take Back the Night is a collaboration of campus and community members, coming together against all violence, to raise awareness about attitudes that perpetuate violence, and to discuss ways we can work together to make the night safe for all members of the community. Take Back the Night at Syracuse University is a series of events designed to bring all members of our community together to encourage dialogue about sexual, relationship and other forms of interpersonal violence. The events culminate in a rally, march and speak-out at Hendricks Chapel. The rally and march provide a forum for members of our community to come together to take a stand publicly and proclaim that the violence must end. The speak-out that follows is a smaller, private gathering where individuals have the opportunity to talk in a safe space about how violence has impacted their lives and to talk with one another about what each of us can do to work to end the violence.

For more information about TBTN, to request accommodations or to learn how you can volunteer, please contact Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion at or by calling 315.443. 7273.