Take Back the Night raises awareness of sexual violence

Take Back the Night is annual event connecting Greater Cincinnati to Northern Kentucky. Locally in its 23rd year, the event still attracts a large crowd.

What started as an international movement in the 1970s has grown to more than a dozen countries and countless cities in the United States.

Take Back the Night shines a light on the increasing problem of sexual violence while raising awareness on the statistics surrounding the issue.

This year's event focused on bystander intervention and the connection between bystander intervention and sexual assault.

Statistics show:

  • One in six women and one in 33 men will be a survivor of sexual assault in their lifetime.
  • In the United States, a sexual assault occurs every two minutes.
  • Approximately 73 percent of rape survivors know their assailant.
  • 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.

Nearly 300 people marched across the Taylor Southgate Bridge from Sawyer Point to the World Peace Bell in Newport for a candlelight vigil.

Survivors of sexual violence like Annie Davis say recognizing this issue as a problem helped her end an abusive relationship and she no longer lives as a victim.

"I had not known a life without abuse in it until someone stepped forward and said that to me and once I went into the shelter system and I really was able to get counseling and get the help I needed I was able to see this is not okay," says Davis.

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