Reclaim The Night March: Protest Against Rape and Sexual Assault

Hundreds of protesters rallied the streets of Canterbury for ‘Reclaim The Night’ march.

University of Kent and Christ Church students gathered to raise awareness of violence against women.

Organisers of the march aimed to send a message to survivors of rape and sexual assault that they are not alone.

“Tonight is about standing in solidarity with rape and sexual assault victims.” – Lily Dedman, 20

President of ‘Respect The NO’ campaign, Katia Bauden said: When something like that [rape and sexual assault] happens to you, we need to show that you’re not alone.”

The 21-year-old UKC student dedicates her time campaigning on violence against women. As a victim of rape and sexual assault, she said that this issue is ‘very dear to my heart’.

‘Reclaim The Night’ wants to educate the public on the rising numbers of sexual assault and what could be done to tackle the issue.

UKC Women’s Officer, Lily Dedman, 20, said: “We’d like everyone to start talking about sexual assault.

“Also, for people to start teaching their kids at a young age what consent really is.

The activists would like ‘people to start conversations with each other about sexual assault’ when they see or hear about the rallies.

Protests have recently happened in London, Bristol and Newcastle. This is to commemorate the 40th year anniversary of ‘Reclaim The Night’ march which started back in 1977.

The Canterbury demo happened on Monday 28 November – it began at Westgate Hall and finished at The Marlowe Theatre.

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Claisse Opulencia

Claisse is a second-year journalism student and a solo-travel enthusiast. She's Unified's Features Editor and curator for #UnifiedFem. She mostly writes about lifestyle, travel and discussing the topics of feminism.

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