Penticton marching to Take Back The Night

The South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society is asking the community to come together to take back the night.

A marcher from a previous Take Back The Night event. This year it will be held on Thursday

A marcher from a previous Take Back The Night event. This year it will be held on Thursday

The South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society is asking the community to come together to take back the night.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Gyro Park,  the public is invited to join SOVAS and other community organizations to take a stand against violence and join them in their march.

The purpose of Take Back the Night is to raise awareness about violence in all forms, to take a visible stand against violence and to show support for survivors.

Organizers said early marches were traditionally women only to symbolize that women united together had power to fight against fear and violence that often takes place in the night. Modern marches are more inclusive with the understanding that violence and abuse in all forms is far reaching and effects men, women, and children.

Organizers are encouraging those joining in the march to bring their flashlights, glowsticks, banners and noisemakers.