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Take Back the Night in Tillsonburg

Over 100 people are expected to participate in the Take Back the Night March in Tillsonburg tonight.

TILLSONBURG - The Take Back the Night March is set to takeover the town of Tillsonburg.

The annual event acts as a celebration of strength and hopes to someday end violence against women and young girls.

Linda Smith, a member of the Oxford County Take Back the Night Committee says the march will start at the Tillsonburg clock tower tonight.

"It's going to be loud and it's going to be celebratory! We're going to march around Tillsonburg and come back and finish at the Station Art Centre, they've kindly let us use their facility there."

Over 100 people are expected to gather at the clock tower at 7pm. Before the march begins they will be able to listen to live music and a couple of guest speakers.

The clothesline project will be featured with multiple t-shirts designed by women and children depicting their thoughts behind domestic violence. A special quilt designed by domestic abuse survivors will also be on display.

Smith tells Heart FM about the message behind the annual event.

"Right now and for years, women have not been safe to walk on the streets alone without the presence of a male escort so to speak. We want the power to be back in the hands of women. To have the same rights and freedoms that men do in regards to being able and safe to walk on the streets."

The Take Back the Night March has been held over the past 25 years or so in Oxford County; in the Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Woodstock communities.

Tonight's march should end at around 9pm. Head to the Oxford County Take Back the Night Facebook Page for more information.

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