Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Widener University Promotes Awareness of Domestic Violence

Chester, Pa. – The Widener Center for Violence Prevention will host, Take Back the Night, a day of events that promotes awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence on Wednesday, April 2 starting at noon in the University Center (14th Street between Melrose Avenue and Walnut Street).

The day will begin with the Clothesline Project, a display of T-shirts created by survivors of abuse and those who have lost loved ones to violence. Guests will also have the opportunity to create their own T-shirts in dedication to victims.

Several workshops will also be held throughout the day in University Center, starting at noon with a presentation by Richard McFadden on male survivors of sexual abuse by female offenders. Two social workers will also present on engaging African American adolescents victims to participate in mental health services.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a keynote lecture featuring Kathy Walker, a member of the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) Speaker's Bureau. The evening will conclude with a candlelight march through the campus to demonstrate a unified stance against all acts of violence and abuse.  

Each session is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Braccia at embraccia@mail.widener.edu.

Take Back the Night is an internationally recognized event intended as a protest and direct action against rape and other forms of violence towards women. In recent years, Widener University has expanded the scope of the event to demonstrate a zero-tolerance mentality towards all acts of violence against both men and women, on campus and in the community at large.

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