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Reclaim the Night – Friday October 29, 6 – 9.30pm

By Reclaim The Night 23 October 2010 40

[First filed: Oct 22, 2010 @ 8:26]

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JOIN IN SOLIDARITY FOR WOMEN TO LIVE WITHOUT THE FEAR AND REALITY OF RAPE AND VIOLENCE

WHAT IS RECLAIM THE NIGHT?

‘Reclaim The Night’ is a chance for women to walk in solidarity and demand the right to live without fear and reality of rape and violence. We demand the right to use public space without fear. We demand this right as a civil liberty; we demand this as a human right.

ABOUT RECLAIM THE NIGHT CANBERRA 2010

This year’s Reclaim The Night will commence in Glebe Park with guest speakers and belly dancers, followed by the march to Garema Place where participants will be encouraged to stay on and enjoy live music, dancing, markets stalls from Handmade Canberra, food & drinks and roving street performers.

We are proud that the speakers, musicians, artisans and performers that are contributing their time and energy to Reclaim The night are all inspirational young women from around the ACT. More details about performances, speeches and activities at Reclaim The Night 2010 will be released here soon.

YOUNG PEOPLE AND RECLAIM THE NIGHT

This year, the theme for Reclaim The Night is Young People. Sexual violence and public safety are significant and pertinent issues for Canberra’s young communities. The highest incidences of rape and violence occur against young women aged 10 to 19 years; five times more than the general population (ABS 2010).

The “State of Australia’s Young People” report (2009) also found that 1 in 3 young people reported experiencing unwanted sex, 25% fet unsafe walking alone at night, and that young people are more likely to be the victims of crime.

HOW CAN MEN SUPPORT RECLAIM THE NIGHT?

Reclaim The Night recognises the valuable contribution that men can make in championing this cause. Men can show their support by challenging male attitudes that support violence against women in their day to day lives and by participating in the march from the back.

Marching from the back is important because it shows men’s support, while providing women with the space to unite together and exercise their right to move freely without protection from men.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF RECLAIM THE NIGHT

    • 1976: 10,000 women and children marched through the streets as a reaction to around 16,000 reported rapes that year

    • 1977: Women marched in protest of the police warning that women should not go out at night because of the ‘Ripper’ murders. Women took to the streets to demand “the right to move freely in their communities at day and night without harassment and sexual assault”

    • 1978: Women in Sydney and Melbourne joined women around the world, marching for their right to safety

    • 2010: Today, we walk for the same reasons… because sexual violence affects one in five Australian women.

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Serenace1 9:24 pm 16 Nov 10

I had always thought that Canberra was the safest city in Australia statistically speaking. Although some pretty stand out crimes happened while I lived there, there wasn’t anything to suggest safety concerns for women or men. Nice part of the world.

rosscoact 5:23 pm 29 Oct 10

I blame it on Patti Smith. If she hadn’t told us that belonged to lovers, lust and us then we would have just been sleeping

georgesgenitals 4:31 pm 29 Oct 10

beemused said :

It might just refer to the “chance for women to walk in solidarity and demand the right to live without fear and reality of rape and violence.”

I agree, and thus hereby bestow that right. Consider it done.

Jokes aside, there’s nothing wrong with a march to raise awareness. I guess I’m just a bit unsure as to what it is supposed to really achieve.

johnboy 4:14 pm 29 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

That aside, I’m…talking…about…a…single…statistic. Do you get that? Did I type it slowly enough this time? Is it right or wrong? If it’s wrong – and it’s pretty clear that it got some tanks, crossed the border of Wrong and annexed the oft-disputed industrial heartland of Bullsh*t – why do you keep defending it? If you want to talk about violence against women in all places rather than ‘sexual crimes’ in ‘public places’, then why the need for the made-up scare stat?

Without wanting to get into this argument in anyway, I’m totally stealing this line.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:07 pm 29 Oct 10

The ‘What’s On’ thread reminded me I might have unfinished business here. And looky, I do.

You might need to look up the meaning of phenomenon Woody.

‘An observable occurrence’? Are you saying that male on male rape doesn’t occur, isn’t observed, or both? Would you like fries with your clueless ignorance?

Or is it the fault of women who want to feel safe that violent sexual crimes against men are not given their equal dues?

Unless a man came up with the ludicrous statistic under discussion, it’s apparently at least one woman’s fault that other women might needlessly fear something that will almost certainly never, ever happen to them, while giving insufficient consideration to domestic violence, which very likely could happen to them.

Woody Mann-Caruso, I think you may be taking the “Reclaim the Night” banner a little literally.

I’m just reading what the OP wrote. you’ll notice all the discussion about ‘public spaces’ and public safety’ and the utter lack of any mention whatsoever about the places where almost all violence against women actually occurs – homes.

That aside, I’m…talking…about…a…single…statistic. Do you get that? Did I type it slowly enough this time? Is it right or wrong? If it’s wrong – and it’s pretty clear that it got some tanks, crossed the border of Wrong and annexed the oft-disputed industrial heartland of Bullsh*t – why do you keep defending it? If you want to talk about violence against women in all places rather than ‘sexual crimes’ in ‘public places’, then why the need for the made-up scare stat?

Anyway, enjoy your ‘Reclaim the Late Afternoon and Early Evening from Imaginary Violence’ thing. Maybe you could all have a pillowfight while you’re there. Or maybe you could wake up to yourselves and remember that while you’re all taking back the mean streets of Civic, countless more women than you’re marching for are being bashed at home. Women without stupid posters, self-congratulatory back-patting, copies of Green Left Weekly and an inability to do simple math.

Holditz 10:27 pm 24 Oct 10

/me supports this cause. If they make the streets safe for women they’re also making the streets safe for inoffensive people such as myself.

cleo 7:35 pm 23 Oct 10

I think all women should learn a martial art, at least they would be able to defend themselves.

sexynotsmart 5:40 pm 23 Oct 10

Sorry I won’t be attending due to a prior engagement.

Also, “Reclaim the Night” rallies are a lousy place to pick up chicks. LoveBumps tried one and failed some years ago in Sydney. Where a bi ex-swimsuit model fails… well, the rest of us have no hope.

DJ 11:02 pm 22 Oct 10

WMC has a valid point. Why shouldn’t questions be asked about an obviously made up statistic? Doesn’t it make what is being advertised somewhat invalid?

I am all for the idea behind the event but why exaggerate or embellish the facts when the truth is sad enough?

beemused 9:09 pm 22 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

What is the point? Making women believe that they’re in imminent danger of sexual assault in public spaces, when nothing could be further from the truth? Hiding the fact that the most dangerous place for a woman is in her own home, with her partner, and that even this sort of crime is nowhere near the 1 in 5 statistic?

Woody Mann-Caruso, I think you may be taking the “Reclaim the Night” banner a little literally.

It might just refer to the “chance for women to walk in solidarity and demand the right to live without fear and reality of rape and violence.”

Sure women “demand the right to use public space without fear” but hey why not just assume that their desire for safety and the right to live without fear extends into the home?

beemused 8:32 pm 22 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Men rape men. Your claims that male-on-male rape is not a global phenomenon, widespread or ancient would be laughable if they weren’t so offensively wrong.

You might need to look up the meaning of phenomenon Woody.

Unless you are suggesting that every crime committed against the person ought to be given equal consideration, for example, that male on male violence or female on male sexual harassment?

If you are, then get organising!

Or is it the fault of women who want to feel safe that violent sexual crimes against men are not given their equal dues?

vg 8:26 pm 22 Oct 10

Can we have a men for violence march? Sometimes it is necessary 😉

sepi 8:18 pm 22 Oct 10

I think it is worth reclaiming the night even if only 1 % of women are being sexually attacked.

To me the exactness of the statistical information is not the main point here.

Violence against women exists, and it should not be expected and tolerated.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:17 pm 22 Oct 10

I think the issues here are power and incidence; the power differential between men and women and the likelihood of a man getting raped.

Men rape men. Your claims that male-on-male rape is not a global phenomenon, widespread or ancient would be laughable if they weren’t so offensively wrong.

Woody Mann-Caruso 8:15 pm 22 Oct 10

Ooh, look – here’s a ‘1 in 5’ stat worth marching about: 20% of sexual assaults against females in the ACT in 2009 were against girls aged 10-14 years.

I’m sure they were all out clubbing in Garema Place. You know – where the march is to reclaim public spaces. After dark. When all the raping goes on.

*returns to nerd computer game and glass of Chimay Red*

beemused 8:07 pm 22 Oct 10

Mr Gillespie said :

NEWS FLASH!!!!!

Men get raped and are subjected to violent attacks, too.

Really Mr Gillespie? Really?

I think the issues here are power and incidence; the power differential between men and women and the likelihood of a man getting raped.

Men get raped, sure they do, but it is not a global phenomenon. It is not a widespread, two or three thousand year old problem.

Why doesn’t it happen very often Mr Gillespie? Because there is not a general physical and social power imbalance among men.

If a minuscule rate of women were raped every year, then there would be no need for a “Reclaim the Night”, hence the absence of a male version, i.e. Reclaim the Might?

Snap out of it!

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:09 pm 22 Oct 10

Whoops, my bad – forgot to add ‘relationship to victim not known’. Let’s say they were all strangers. We’re down to less than 1 in 11,000 – but still 2,200 times less than the flier claims.

Woody Mann-Caruso 7:02 pm 22 Oct 10

(And in case anybody says I’m with the ‘what about the men’ crowd? I’m not. Not even close. As JB says, organise your own goddamned march – or better still, stop getting drunk and hitting each other.)

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