Fight for the Night
On April 2nd, we'll be marching together, to RECLAIM OUR STREETS, SAY NO TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE, AND STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE.
Why are we marching?
We live in a world where 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, with the majority of perpatrators being intimate partners.
In 2017/18, 12,487 sexual offences, 2,136 rapes, and 119 attempted rapes were reported to the Police in Scotland, and we know that many assaults go unreported.
When survivors try to access support, they often face long waiting lists and services which have been reduced by cuts to Government funding, leaving them vulnerable and unable to recover.
You can find out more about the scale of the issue and the impact sexual violence has via Rape Crisis Scotland.
Our feminism centres the most marginalised members of our communities. We are trans inclusive, sex worker inclusive, and will do our best to ensure the march is accessible to all who want to attend.
On the day:
We'll be gathering in Bristo Square from 6pm, and will begin marching at 6:30pm.
Our route will travel through the city, ending at Grassmarket with speeches from the organisers and local activists at 7:15pm.
We'll be posting the full route closer to the time in our Facebook event.
If you'd like to get a sense of the march itself or just some placard inspiration, check out these photos from last year's event.
We'd love to see you at the march itself - it's open to students, staff and members of the wider Edinburgh community of all genders - but there are lots of other ways you can get involved and show your support:
HELP US SPREAD THE WORD
The more people who attend the march, the louder our voices and the bigger our impact! You can help by sharing our Facebook event and inviting your friends, and sharing details of the march with your networks, whether that your classmates, friends or people in your society. If you need posters, flyers or social media graphics to help you get the message out there, just contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTEND OUR PLACARD MAKING PARTY
28.03.19, 17:00-18:30; Study, Teviot Row House
Join for an evening of placard making & bonding before the march - we'll have cardboard and paints, but bring along any spare supplies and join the party!
ATTEND OUR PRE-PARTY & FUNDRAISER
01.04.19, 19:00-22:00; Wee Red Bar
The evening before the march, we'll be down at the Wee Red, celebrating Edinburgh's talented feminist performers and raising money for a good cause! More details coming ASAP
If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment, assault, rape or intimate partner violence, the Students' Association's Advice Place can offer advice and support on reporting it and survivor support.
The following helplines can also offer advice and support:
- Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre: 0808 800 00 14
- National Rape & Sexual Assault Helpline: 0808 801 03 02
- Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 (6pm to 12am)
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234
If you're interested in preventative work, check out our #NoExcuse campaign and the work of Sexpression Edinburgh.