Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre are pleased to announce the return of the ‘Reclaim the Night’ march, taking place on 25th November 2022 at 6.30 pm in Stroud.
Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC) is organising the march that starts at 6.30 pm at Stratford Park bandstand with a walk into the town centre and back to the park. Anyone taking part is urged to bring a flashlight or glow sticks.
The Reclaim the Night marches started in the UK in the 1970s. The marches became more significant when Peter Sutcliffe began murdering women in and around the Leeds area. In their response, the police advised women to not go out at night; and this only encouraged women to unite together, campaign and reclaim the streets for all women. They organised marches and walked through the city streets to highlight that women should be able to walk at night without fear or risk of harassment and sexual violence.
Organiser Magdalena Gulcz-Hayward said: “This year is even more significant to unite following reports of harassment and sexual violence in Gloucestershire. This has highlighted for many, that every day women experience harassment on the streets.
“We would like as many people as possible to join us, to show their support and to help us to eliminate male violence against women and girls.”
GRASAC offers free, confidential and non-judgemental support to people who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
GRASAC’s office number is: 01452 305421.
GRASAC’s Confidential and anonymous email service email@example.com