JOLIET – The community will take a stance against domestic violence on Sunday at the annual Take Back the Night march.
Will County Take Back the Night will include resource information, a vigil for those who have died, and a keynote speaker, along with the march along Plainfield Road near the Louis Joliet Mall.
The event is 4:30 to 6 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Road, Joliet.
The march is at 6 p.m., when people will walk along Plainfield Road to the McDonald’s and back to the church, said Amirrah Abou-Youssef, co-chair for Will County Take Back the Night 2017.
“It’s a recognition that we’ve lost people in our community to domestic violence, but also that we are supporting people who are victims of domestic violence, and the community doesn’t want this anymore,” Abou-Youssef said.
About 350 people came last year.
“It’s generally a very uplifting event,” Abou-Youssef said. “If anything, you can come just to show your support to people who are suffering from domestic violence. ... It could be your neighbor. It could be a relative. You don’t necessarily even know who you are supporting.”
The event starts with resource tables where organizations that support victims of domestic violence provide information to people, some of whom are looking for help when they come to Take Back the Night, Abou-Youssef said.
The vigil will recognize local women and children who lost their lives in the last 10 years to domestic violence or gender-based violence.
The keynote speaker is Cassandra Ma, the executive director of Reclaim13, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Reclaim 13 runs Cherish House, a home for sexually exploited youth. Ma is a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. She worked previously at the Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Will County Take Back the Night
• Vigil, speakers and march to recognize and support victims of domestic violence
• 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday:
• At St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Road, Joliet