A team for THE CRISIS CENTER OF TAMPA BAY INC
"TBTN(MK)" a team to help the THE CRISIS CENTER OF TAMPA BAY INC...
Take Back the Night is the largest SV awareness event in Tampa, the funds raised will go to support the event and the survivors who attend.
The first time I attended Take Back the Night was in 2013. I had never even heard of the event before hand. Nothing could have prepared me for it. As I walked behind women, arm in arm in support, I saw something flashing out of the corner of my right eye. As I turned my head, I saw police cars lined along the path of our empowerment march. Each with its lights on, flashing red and blue. Two officers standing tall and straight, the way they do, on either side of the car. As if to salute me, and more than just me; as if to salute all of the survivors. And in that moment I cried. I cried tears for my abuse, tears for my assault, and tears because that was the first time I have ever felt validated. It was the first time I knew I was not alone.
In 2013 I took part in Take Back the Night as an advocate, to be present for survivors who may need me. It did not occur to me that I may be the one who is so touched by the strength of all of the survivors, and by the love and understanding from all of the supporters, that I would be the one silently weeping as I marched forward.
It was such a beautiful spectacle that it inspired me to join the Sexual Violence Task Force and to help plan/fundraise for the event. By fundrasing for TBTN 2014, I will enable our team to reach more survivors, survivors who, at this moment, might feel isolated and judged. I will also strengthen our reach into the community, to increase awareness and to remove the stigma many survivors face. By donating to my cause, you will help us bring together survivors and the community in unity against sexual violence. You will help us to TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!