About a hundred people marched in solidarity with survivors of sexual and gender-based violence at the Take Back the Night march in Kitchener on Thursday night.
It's the first time in two years that demonstrators were able to gather in person for the Take Back the Night march in Kitchener. Last year's in-person event was cancelled because of the pandemic.
Sarah Wiley, one of the organizers from the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, says education is key and there needs to be a culture of consent built in our homes, communities and schools.
"Teaching sex and relationship education that is based in empowerment and that is feminist and intersectional, that recognizes nuances, power dynamics, and encourages enthusiastic ongoing consent."
The event featured artists from Land Back Camp and musician Alysha Brilla.
It also featured speeches by local activists like Sarah Shafiq, Ruth Cameron and Amy Smoke.
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