Special thanks to the Utica and Rome communities for standing with our agency recently as we provided another great opportunity for domestic violence survivors to Take Back the Night.
Take Back the Night is held every October to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence and to give victims, survivors and the community a venue to share their experiences and take a stand against violence in all forms.
This year, Take Back the Night began with a march through the streets, then transitioned to a powerfully moving speak-out session. Afterwards everyone gathered outside for a candlelight vigil and drum circle. These events also provide the community a chance to view our Clothesline Project and Silent Witness Project displays.
We would like to thank community members and YWCA board members for supporting the YWCA MV and survivors by attending these events.
Additionally, we would like to thank the local businesses who donated refreshments for both nights.
Utica Take Back the Night
Price Chopper, Utica
Dunkin Donuts, North Utica
Twin Orchards, New Hartford
Roma’s Pizza, Utica
Holland Farms, Yorkville
Rome Take Back the Night
Dippin’ Donuts, Rome
Topps Market, Rome
North Star Orchards, Westmoreland
Most importantly, we would like to take a moment to thank all the survivors who conquered their fears and told their stories so that others might become empowered, and so that your journey of healing could continue.
To experience both evenings through pictures follow the links below.