Important Protests and Riots That Changed the World Forever

Take Back the Night, 1975

15. Take Back the Night, 1975

Now an international event and a non-profit aimed at ending sexual violence, misconduct and domestic violence of all forms, the “Take Back the Night” marches sprang up in October 1975, when microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth was stabbed to death on her walk back to home in Philadelphia.

The marches spurred a non-violent way of protesting across the world in order to focus towards security and safety of women – especially when walking at night in public – demonstrating that women can stand up against violence and fear.

Now, “Take Back the Night” events are a common practice on college campuses all around the world and in various institutions, including military bases and high schools.

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