Take Back the Night 2014 “Shatter the Silence”

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT  is about speaking up against sexual violence. An event to empower and support survivors, raise awareness, and let it be known that this violence will NOT be tolerated in our communities. Everyone is Welcome
April 24th, 2014 Where: St. Bridget Catholic Church,
211 East Division Street River Falls, WI 54022
Time event starts: 6:00pm
6-7 there will be poster making, making your own T-shirts, speaker, music and information.
      7:00pm  March down main street and back.
      8:00pm Candle light vigil- open Mic
      9:00pm closing
ALL ARE WELCOME. The Take Back The Night:
In our cause to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives. We hope our marches, rally, and candle light vigil event unite those who seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. TBTN empowers survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.   River Fall’s 3rd Annual Take Back the Night March and Rally:  The mission of this event is to raise awareness in our community about the issue of sexual violence and to let it be known that this violence or violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our community or anywhere else.
History of the Take Back the Night event:
In the late 1800′s “Jack the Ripper” murdered at least five women at night, and all were prostitutes. No one was ever charged with the crimes. There was never asafe feeling for women walking alone at night. In 1975 the “Yorkshire Ripper,” Peter Sutcliffe, attacked his first victim. He was convicted of killing thirteen women and severely beating seven others. During this time, the police encouraged ALL women to stay indoors at night. Outraged, the women of Leeds, England held their first Reclaim the Night event in 1977 in reponse to these murders and the public’s reaction. Thirty-three years ago, people everywhere started to stand up and speak out against sexual violence under the banner of “Take Back the Night”. Now it has become known internationally as a visible way to take a stand against sexual violence.
Help by shattering the silence and talking about the issue of sexual violence.

Barb LaVigne, You will be missed.



It is with great sadness that I share with you the news that Barb LaVigne, founding member of SART and longtime supporter of all that is SART, passed away from complications related to sepsis. Barb had had a bad case of bronchitis and was hospitalized Wednesday. The illness took her very quickly and there was nothing the folks at Regions could do stop the progression of the disease.

Barb LaVigne worked as a Social Worker for many years at the Baldwin Area Medical Center. This is a blow that will take some time to make sense out of, if we ever can. Barb was a loving, compassionate, funny, and remarkable human being and she will be sorely missed.

Barb was the instigator of what ultimately became SART when she called Ann Gustafson one day in 1991 or 92, to ask if there was a sexual assault support group in St. Croix County. Ann told her there wasn’t one but wished there was. That really began the series of events that led to SART.

The process began in 1999 when task force members Barb Lavigne, Social Worker Baldwin Area Medical Center; Ann Gustafson, St. Croix County Victim Witness Specialist; and Pam Bellrichard, Pierce County Victim Witness Specialist; learned about Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) providing expert care to victims of sexual assault. The task force rallied support and cooperation from law enforcement officials in both St. Croix and Pierce counties, DA’s, victim service providers, nurses and other members of the community to form our unique agency; St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, Inc. (SART).

Barb was on the SART Board of Directors since SART’s inception in 2000.

Barb has been a mainstay for SART since its beginning. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.