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Tonight will see Stirling’s fourth Reclaim the Night

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Reclaim the Night march is being held tonight, assembling at Stirling Castle Esplanade from 6:30. Ready to begin the walk throughout Stirling town centre at 7:00.

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The march will make its way through the city centre towards the afterparty held by Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre at Stirling Indoor Bowling Club in Riverside.

Reclaim the Night started across the UK in 1977 when women marched through the streets of Leeds to protest a night-time curfew on women – the police’s response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders. Instead of asking men to stay at home, women were asked to stay at home to prevent further murders.

Women across the UK march to demand justice. We march against rape and sexual violence and for a woman’s right to walk the streets without fear.

Co-founder of Speak out Survivors Suzy Angus said, “As a survivor I can’t thank Forth Valley Rape Crisis enough. If it hadn’t been for their excellent care and support I wouldn’t have been able to gain the strength and courage to speak out.

Reclaim the Night is an event for everyone, for all survivors and supporters, to come together and raise awareness for making our streets safe, to speak out against sexual violence, and also to fundraise to keep the essential services at FVRC available for all who need them.”

The event is being held this week to coincide with International Women’s Day celebrations.

Reclaim the Night gives women a voice and a chance to take back the streets at night in a safe and empowering way. At Reclaim the Night, we demand the right to use public space without fear. Come and march for a better world, free from violence and abuse.

Glow sticks, lights, placards, and things to make noise are not only welcome but encouraged!

To support the work Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre do and the march you can donate on our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/forthvalley-rapecrisiscentre

Film Media and Journalism student at the University of Stirling. Film and comment editor at Brig Newspaper. Edinburgh / Stirling

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