Monday, June 20, 2016

Take Back the Night in Guelph 2016 September 22nd @6pm

Mark your calendars! This year's Take Back the Night march and rally will take place Thursday, September 22nd at 6pm at Marianne's Park

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We invite you to participate in our upcoming Wall of Stories workshop!

Contribute to the Wall with a story, thought about sexual violence, message of support to survivors or another submission.

These stories and thoughts will be displayed and illuminated at Marianne's Park on the evening of Take Back the Night - Sept. 24th - in hopes of educating the community and showing our support for survivors.

The workshop will be taking place on Tuesday September 15th from 7-9 pm at the U of G's JT Powell Building, room 207.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Second question in our series of questions for the Wall of Stories:

What myths would you like to break down about sexual assault and sexual violence?


Have your response added to our Wall!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

We are constantly adding thoughts and messages to the Wall of Stories - voice your opinion and have it added for all to see at Take Back the Night!

We will be asking a series of questions leading up to the event - respond and see your comment added to the Wall (the comment's author's name will not be included on the brick).

Today's question: Why are events that aim to raise awareness of sexual violence so important, and how do they help the community (and beyond)?


Take a look at the Wall of Stories event page for ideas and guidelines!

A variety of beautiful, creative submissions for the Take Back the Night t-shirt contest have been sent to us!

After some difficult decision making, we are happy to announce that we have selected two t-shirt designs, which we are excited to sell to event-goers and community members. This is a perfect opportunity to continue raising awareness to reduce sexual violence, beyond the Take Back the Night evening.

As of today, we are beginning to accept pre-orders! The following form is available at G-W Women in Crisis' 38 Elizabeth St office to fill out. You are also welcome to drop a completed form off or phone in at (519) 836-1110 with your credit card details. We are accepting payments of cash or credit until September 1st! Your shirt will be available for pickup on the evening of Take Back the Night, September 24th, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Take Back the Night 2015: September 24 @6pm

This year, community partners in Guelph-Wellington will be hosting the 28th annual Take Back the Night rally and march, taking place on Thursday September 24th. 

Take Back the Night 2015’s theme will be “Illuminating Our Stories.” We would like to show how sexual violence impacts people in Guelph-Wellington and beyond. The more the community knows, the better able members will be to intervene or support someone who has experienced sexual violence. Hearing others’ thoughts and messages of support can also show survivors that their voices matter and their own experiences are important. 

To accompany this year’s theme, the Take Back the Night Committee will be creating a Wall of Stories. This wall will be made of cardstock story “bricks” and illuminated from within. We are in the process of organizing a workshop before Take Back the Night where all folks are invited to create their own bricks for the wall. We have also created an online form where those who cannot attend the workshop or who wish to share their words and thoughts anonymously are able to do so. 

The full Wall of Stories description can be found at:

We are also holding a contest to find a design for t-shirts and promotional material that we will be using at Take Back the Night.  We are looking for a stylized feminist slogan that highlights solidarity and action against sexual violence, resilience, equality, empowerment or another related theme of the artist’s choice, and/or an artistic interpretation of the above!
 More information can be found at:

We are hoping you will share this information on Take Back the Night and current initiatives with your contacts and participate in the event!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



According to Stats Canada 2013, Guelph is one of the safest cities in Ontario. Despite being what many people would deem a safe city, gender-based violence still happens here. That is why some community organizations have decided to collaborate to bring 10 Days of awareness, celebration, action, and change this fall from September 25th to October 4th.  While much of the focus of the 10 Days is around raising awareness of gender-based violence, the group also wants to try and create more room for discussions around the ways queer and trans folks experience violence, as well as celebrate the resilience within these communities.  
Because violence in our community affects everyone, the 10 Days group wanted to provide lots of different opportunities for people to get involved, says Jessica St. Peter, the Public Educator from Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis; “People can connect with equality in various ways and sometimes certain events limit people’s participation but by expanding the opportunities for people to be engaged and informed we can have a greater impact in our community”. 
Experiencing violence has negative impacts on people’s health as well and can put them at a greater risk of HIV says Olivia Kijewski, the Women’s Community Development Coordinator at HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health. “It’s important that we work together to challenge violence and its detrimental effects on our community”, says Kijewski.
Some of the multiple organizations working together on the 10 Days include: the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED), Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, HIV/AIDS Resources & Community Health (ARCH), the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), SlutWalk Guelph, and the Wellness Education Centre. 
The week will kick off on Thursday September 25th at 6:30 pm in Marianne’s Park for the 27th Annual Take Back the Night march and rally to raise awareness about and end sexual violence against women and girls. Other events during the 10 Days include: A workshop for young girls on bullying & self-esteem, Wen-do self-identified women’s self-defense training, service provider training on Anti-Oppressive Practice Approaches to Women’s Health, a sex Toy Workshop, trivia night at the Jimmy Jazz, an LGBTQ+ discussion group on Queer responses to violence, a documentary screening of “Jasad and the Queen of Contradictions”, an information sharing and discussion of ARCH’s sex worker needs assessment, as well as a workshop on consent by Karen B.K. Chan. The 10 Days will conclude with the 2nd annual SlutWalk Guelph march at beginning at 1 pm at the Market Square, City Hall. SlutWalk Guelph is a movement that works to challenge victim blaming, slut-shaming, and sexual assault, stating that those who experience sexual assault are never at fault. 

For more information regarding any of these events visit or contact for details.
Jessica St. Peter
Public Educator
Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
Cell: 519-993-5624