Reclaim the Night Canberra 2023 – Event Information

Reclaim the Night, also known as ‘Take Back the Night’, is an annual, international event which campaigns against sexual violence towards women. Traditionally, Reclaim the Night (RTN) takes the form of a rally/march where the public hit the streets after dark and join together to take a stand against sexual violence. Since the 70s, when RTN first took place, the marches fought for women’s right to walk without fear of being assaulted at night. Over the years, although the focus remains on sexual violence, RTN has evolved to include other forms of gender-based violence against women, transgender and gender-diverse persons.

RTN was first held in Australia in 1978 in Sydney and Perth. In Canberra, CRCC has been organising RTN events for many years, where women and their supporters march peacefully on the streets of Canberra to raise awareness of sexual violence.

This year, RTN Canberra will be held on Friday 27th October from 5pm at Glebe Park (Civic) and the theme focus is on ‘Drug and Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Violence’ and when consent is negated due to intoxication.

This year’s event will be broader and more community focused with the inclusion of stalls from a number of community organisation who assist in the fight against sexual violence around the ACT and surrounding regions.

The event will include an address by Dr Marisa Paterson MLA as well as speeches from representatives of What Were You Wearing Australia, EveryMan Australia and Directions Health Services ACT.

Event Theme: Drug and Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Violence

Drug and alcohol facilitated sexual violence involves behaviours by a perpetrator towards an individual who is unable to provide sexual consent due to the disability produced by the effects of alcohol and drugs, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.

Data show that incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence often occur in the context of alcohol and other drug use.

Alcohol and drugs make it easier for a perpetrator to commit sexual assault because they lower inhibitions, reduce a person’s ability to resist, and can prevent them from remembering details of the assault (NASASV).

More than one third of all drink spiking incidents are associated with sexual assault. 

We need to change the perception! Intoxication is no exception!

50% of women who have experienced sexual violence perpetrated by a male have reported believing that alcohol or another substance contributed to their most recent incident of sexual assault (ABS, 2017). This includes incidents where the perpetrator, victim, or both, have been under the influence.

Please join us for an evening of inspiring speakers, fun live entertainment, a BBQ, and coffee cart run by FemiliPNG, as well as a peaceful march!

Community stalls will be available for perusal from 5pm. Speeches and entertainment will commence at 6pm. RTN merchandise available on the night!

Event Location: Glebe Park Civic
Accessibility Notes
  • Entry to the park is wheelchair accessible. Part of the event may take place over a large grassy area due to event permit specificity, however the park is criss-crossed with paved paths. 
  • Glebe Park Rotunda toilets have step free access via level paved pathway. There are both male & female toilets, one accessible cubcile with hand rail & back rest another smaller cubicle with handrail, urinal & accessible basins.
  • Auslan interpreters will be available throughout the evening. 
Event Tickets

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. While entry is free for everyone, booking a ticket ensures the appropriate quantities of resources and merchandise are available on the night.

Event Guests & Partners
  • Dr Marisa Paterson MLA – ACT Legislative Assembly, Member for Murrumbidgee
  • Lexxie Jury – Directions Health Services 
  • Sarah Williams – What Were You Wearing? 
  • Simon Port – EveryMan Australia 
Stall Holders
The Blu.e App (Kaiba)

The Blu.e App is still in its inception stage. Blu.E is in development as an AI-powered multilingual ally that cares about the safety, empowerment, and support for victim survivors.

Their vision is to become the leading organisation in combatting sexual violence against non-native English speakers in Australia.

They strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone through knowledge sharing and other innovative solutions.

Meet Kaiba – Your AI-powered companion against sexual violence:

Dr Anne Macduff, Sarouche Razi, and Kirsten Hoffman - Authors of "Once Upon a Time in Australia: how our MeToo movement exposed the troubles of truth in Law"

Taken from the ANU website: “In a world where the injustice of gender violence persists, the law is frequently called on to help address those harms. But can it? Can we address gender harms separately from other harms? Is it enough to appeal to the law – or is the law complicit in the violence and harms that we are protesting against? What other possibilities are there to recognise trauma and address harms, and how might we create a fairer world that we want to live in?

The provocative new graphic novel Once Upon a Time in Australia: how our MeToo movement exposed the troubles of truth in Law (Counterpress, 2023) grapples with these questions. In a collaborative and layered conversation, punctuated by eerie images, dark humour and a spirit of generosity and humility, its three authors (Dr Anne Macduff, Sarouche Razi, and Kirsten Hoffman) explore the tensions between law and truth. The novel explores the connections between gender, colonisation, and climate harms, and in doing so, challenges traditional methods of legal knowing and offers new ways of building justice.”

Event Disclaimers

While RTN 2023 is a family friendly event, some attendees may experience distress during the event. If this happens to you, please approach a CRCC staff member for assistance. CRCC staff will be wearing a CRCC/RTN T-shirt and name tag.

A photographer will be present at the event, and available to take group photographs. Photographs will be taken throughout the event, mainly of the speakers, entertainers, and event partners. If you are approached by a photographer, you can opt out of your photo being taken. Please speak with a staff member beforehand if you have any concerns.

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National Support Services 


1800 RESPECT: National Domestic & Sexual Violence Support Service

Available 24/7     PH: 1800 737 732     WEB:


QLife: LGBTQIA+ peer support and referral 

Available 3pm – midnight every day     PH: 1800 184 527    WEB:


Rainbow Sexual, Domestic & Family Violence Helpline (Formerly LGBTIQ+ Violence Service)

Available 24/7     PH: 1800 497 212


MensLine Australia: 24/7 online counselling support for men

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Kids Helpline 

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13Yarn: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander crisis support service

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State & Territory Support Services 


ACT: Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 

Available 7am – 11pm every day 

PH: (02) 6274 2525     WEB:


Queensland: Statewide Sexual Assault Helpline 

Available 7.30am – 11.30pm every day

PH: 1800 737 732     WEB: click here for more QLD services  


NSW: Statewide Sexual Violence Helpline 

Available 24/7   PH: 1800 424 017    WEB: click here for more NSW services 


Victoria: Sexual Assault Crisis Line 

Available 5pm weeknights through to 9am the next day and throughout weekends and public holidays     PH: 1800 806 292

WEB: click here for more VIC services 


Northern Territory: Sexual Assault Referral Centre – Darwin 

Available: 24/7     PH: 08 8922 6472     WEB: click here for more NT services

Western Australia: Sexual Assault Resource Centre

Available 24/7     PH: 1800 199 888     WEB: click here for more WA services 


Tasmania: Sexual Assault Support Service 

Available 24/7     PH: 1800 697 877     WEB: click here for more TAS services 


South Australia: Yarrow Place – Rape and Sexual Assault Service 

Available 24/7     PH: 1800 817 421     WEB: click here for more SA services