Take Back The Night

Each year, Syracuse University recognizes and participates in Take Back The Night (TBTN), a global event dedicated to raising awareness about sexual, relationship and domestic violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence. During this event, individuals join together to speak out and raise awareness.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7 p.m. ET: Register for the Virtual Take Back The Night Rally! 

Rally. March. Speak-out.

Prior to attending the rally Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7 p.m. (ET),  there are a number of ways for the campus community to Be Involved with TBTN efforts.

Take Back The Night Pledge and Official Endorsement

Please follow the directions below to become an Official Endorser and be included on the Spring 2021 Take Back The Night shirt.

    • By noon Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, request a digital or printed pledge poster using the Pledge Poster Request Form.
    • All individuals in agreeance with the pledge statement should sign the pledge poster. If available, please include the name of your group on the pledge poster.
    • Show commitment to ending interpersonal violence by displaying the pledge poster within a highly visible location. Examples include your office or home.
    • Together, discuss ways to actively fulfill the pledge statement.
    • Before the Take Back The Night Rally on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, email healthpromotion@syr.edu a photo of how you and/or your group are actively fulfilling the pledge statement. Examples include the signed poster, individuals in support of the pledge statement with the poster, volunteering and more.


Take Back The Night Shirts

Spring 2021 shirts are available for purchase at the Syracuse University Campus Store  and Barnes Center at The Arch Pharmacy starting mid-March and leading up to the event. Shirts will be $10 each and proceeds from shirt sales will benefit resources for victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence.

Take Back The Night Rally

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7 p.m. ET: Register for the Virtual Take Back The Night Rally!

The Survivors Speak-out Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts that are created by individuals that are impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking or other forms of interpersonal violence. To create a safer space for survivors and victims to share their personal experiences for Take Back The Night 2021, the Clothesline Project will be displayed in the Schine Student Center Monday, March 29-Sunday, April 4, 2021, and launching virtually starting Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 7 p.m. ET during the Take Back The Night Virtual Rally.

  • In-Person Contribution Deadline (Friday, March 26, 2021, 5 p.m.): Completed shirts must be submitted to the Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion front desk. Shirts received after this date will be added to future displays. Supplies (e.g. shirt, fabric markers or paint) are available for pick-up to Syracuse University community members. Please return unused supplies when submitting the completed shirt.
  • Virtual Contribution Deadline (Friday, March 26, 2021, Noon ET): To participate, please complete the Clothesline Project Form and the TBTN Planning Committee will make a shirt on your behalf.


In addition to shirt sales, donations may also be made directly to the Sexual and Relationship Violence Survivor Support Fund.

Support Take Back The Night Virtually

Share your virtual TBTN experience by using #IWillTBTN and tagging @bewellsu! Continuing the movement throughout the year, campus community members are encouraged to share how they will actively work toward a safer community. Additionally, the campus community is invited to use TBTN Zoom virtual backgrounds.

Stay Connected 

Join the Sexual & Relationship Violence Student Education and Prevention Team (SEPT) listserv to receive email announcements highlighting campus resources and volunteer opportunities.

Learn More About Take Back The Night

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 volunteer 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:

  • Patrick Lee '21
  • Sierra St. Louis '21

Planning Committee Members:

  • Alec O'del '22
  • Ava Lockwood '23
  • Dylan France '24
  • Elliot Salas '24
  • Kimberly Ng '21
  • Lara Hicks '20, G'21
  • Morgan Storino '22
  • Melaica Delgado '21
  • Myra Wong '24

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.”

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, and as this tradition continues.

Traditionally held the last Wednesday of March at Syracuse University,  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 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 about volunteering, email  Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion or call 315.443. 7273.