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Take Back the Night walks started in Germany in 1973. Five years later, in 1978, the first US walk occurred in San Francisco and the first Canadian walk was held in Vancouver. Historically the walks were women only, protesting the high risk of violence women faced even trying to walk alone at night. The walks have evolved as public awareness of the issue of violence has evolved.

Today we understand that violence in our community is everyone’s concern, and therefore we invite women, men, teens and children to all walk together. And we understand that, although our primary focus at Bethesda House is domestic violence and woman abuse, no type of violence against anyone is tolerable in or community.