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Fill in the interactive map below

Bristol Reclaim the Night is part of the national movement of the same name, that stands in opposition to gender-based violence, and for gender equality.

Bristol SU are consistently working to improve the safety of students within the city. You can get involved by filling out the interactive map below to show us where you feel safe in the city, and where needs improvement.

On this page you can find information about our previous marches from 2015 and from 2014 as well as a toolkit to start your own march.

Why Reclaim the Night?

Reclaim the Night is an international movement against sexual violence, which started in the 1970s, with the first UK march taking place in 1977 as a response to the “Yorkshire Ripper” murders of women sex workers. Marches take place at night to protest against the victim blaming attitudes that tell women to stay off the streets if they want to avoid sexual violence or harassment.

  • Ministry of Justice figures tell us that 1 in 5 women (aged 16 - 59) in the UK has experienced some form of sexual violence.
  • The NUS Hidden Marks Report (2010) found that more than one third of women students reported feeling unsafe when visiting their university or college building in the evening. 
  • The report also found that 1 in 7 women had experienced a serious physical or sexual assault during their time at university.
  • A 2014 survey that asked about women’s’ experiences on Clifton Triangle found that only half felt safe getting home at night.
  • More found that 73% of women fear rape, and almost half avoid going out at night due to fears over their safety.

These stats show that decades after the original Reclaim the Night marches, sexual violence is still a massive issue facing women today. This is why it is so important that we organise Reclaim the Night marches on our campuses.

Reclaim the Night 2016

Reclaim the Night 2016 was led by Women's Officer, Darcy Ramsden, and Equality Liberation & Access Officer, Hannah Dualeh, with support of the Women's Network.

The event featured: 

  • Poetry from local Bristol Women
  • Speeches from Bristol Zero Tolerance, NUS Women's Campaign, and Sister's Uncut
  • Music from Seun Matiluko and Pitchfight

To continue the important work of the campaign, we have launched an interactive map for students to tell us about their experiences in Bristol. We hope to be able to share this information with key stakeholders, such as the Council, Security Services and the Police, in order to make the city safer. 

Please add your own drop pins to the map:

  • Use green to show us where you feel safe or comfortable
  • Use orange to show us where you feel unsafe or uncomfortable
  • Use red to report locations where you are aware of an incident taking place
  • In the description boxes please feel free to add comments. These might relate to what could be done to make the street safer, or reports of incidents that have taken place.
  • Check out the full instructions below.

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Let's get technical...

  • Please note this isn't the most mobile friendly application, so you may need to use a desktop.
  • Click the button in the right hand corner of the map ('View larger map'). This will take you to a new page.
  • Click edit.
  • Now select what you want to report from the left-hand toolbar i.e. 'places you feel comfortable'. Click on that box, a blue bar will appear on the left side of it to show which selection is active.
  • Once you've got that right, click on the balloon shaped drop-pin at the top of the page.
  • Now drop it on to the street you want to tell us about. 
  • A comment box will appear:
    • In the top box you might include your demographic information, such as your gender, race or ethnicity, and your age. Include anything you think is relevant. This could be in the following format: Cis Woman, White, 22
    • In the bottom box add any comments. You might want to tell us about why you feel unsafe in a particular area, or you might want to tell us how we could make this area safer i.e. More streetlamps
  • You can add as many drop pins as you need to show us how safe you feel in the city.


Reclaim the Night 2015

Reclaim the Night 2015 was led by Women's Officer, Chloe Maughan, and the Women's Network.

It was shortlisted for the Bristol SU Campaigns Award.

In November 2015 over 350 participants marched through Bristol. This culminated in an event that brought together stalls from local women's organisations, and provided a platform for local women and member's of the public to speak about their own experiences.

A Self Defence Seminar was held in March 2016 in collaboration with Krav Maga Worldwide Bristol, to empower women to feel more confident on the streets.

You can read more about the event here.

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Reclaim the Night 2014

Reclaim the Night 2014 was led by the Equality, Liberation & Access Officer, Alice Phillips, with the assistance of the Women's Officer, Megan Armstrong.

Over 500 participants joined the Reclaim the Night march in 2014. You can read about it here.

The march culminated in speeches from:

  • Alice Phillips - Equality, Liberation and Access Officer at Bristol SU and principal organiser
  • Megan Armstrong (Bristol SU Women’s Officer)
  •  Susuana Antubam (NUS Women’s Officer)
  •  Shabana Kauser (BAVA)
  • Sarah Wilson (Kinergy)
  • Rowan Miller (SARSAS). 

Music was provided by local musicians, Suzy Condrad and Muff Said.

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Planning Your Own March

The Reclaim the Night Toolkit lays out some of the things you need to think about when organising a Reclaim the Night march.

Your first step will probably be a general interest meeting in an accessible place, where you can identify the key aims and messages of your march. You can then get organising by assigning roles and responsibilities to individuals or groups. 

Download the Toolkit here.