Belleville’s annual Take Back the Night is set for Thursday evening.
Take Back the Night is a rally and march with a goal to end sexual violence against women.
It is based on the premise that women should be able to go out at night and feel safe in their community without risk of violence.
Ellen Carlisle of the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District says, this year, nine women will speak during the ceremony at Market Square.
Carlisle says she’s seeing a “positive change” in public perception of sexual violence.
The event starts at 6 p.m. at Market Square followed by a march through the downtown.
Carlisle says the 2017 Take Back the Night committee wants to use this year’s event to elevate the voices of women in the community. She says everyone is invited to attend the rally.
In the Square there will be a display featuring the Red Dress Project, which is a visual exhibit representing the missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada