Wheeling Jesuit Partners with Community Groups to Take Back the Night Oct.26

  WJU News
  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:37 AM
  WJU News, Service

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University has been selected by the Take Back the Night (TBTN) foundation to be one of the “10 Points of Light,” an annual campaign held around the world to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence on Oct. 26. This marks the first time TBTN has held an event in West Virginia.tbtn-wju-web.jpg

On Oct. 26, WJU has partnered with Bethany College, the Sexual Assault Help Center and Legal Aid of West Virginia to offer a series of events that are open to all members of the community. The day will culminate with a candlelight vigil at 8:30 p.m. – a time when all 10 Points of Light sites will hold a moment of silence for victims of sexual and domestic violence.

“Take Back the Night events have been held by colleges and communities around the globe for more than 30 years and provide an opportunity for men and women to break the silence of abuse and victimization. WJU is proud to bring people together to stand in unity against violence in their community,” said Mark Phillips, WJU chief of staff.

TBTN holds global events at 10 locations on the last Thursday in October to unite communities and show of support for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Each of  the 10 locations organizes events that best support their community.

Organizers said encourage residents in the Ohio Valley to take part in any of the activities being held throughout the day.

Events set to take place include:

All day – Luminary Design, Outside the Benedum Room, Swint Hall

2 p.m. – Bystander Intervention Training – Erickson Alumni Center, CET Building

3 p.m. – Sexversations – The Ratt, Swint Hall

4 p.m. -- A screening of the movie ‘Audrie and Daisy’ – The Ratt, Swint Hall

5:30 p.m. – Self Defense class taught by members of the Wheeling PD – Erickson Alumni Center, CET Building

7:30 p.m. – Yoga for Peace and Healing, Troy Theater, Swint Hall

8:30 p.m. – Candlelight vigil and national moment of silence

“The 10 Points of Light event is a great opportunity for our area to raise awareness about sexual violence and its impact on the community as a whole. Hosting the 10 Points of Light event for the first time ever in West Virginia is a monumental occasion to show support for survivors in our state and we're thrilled to participate,” said Megan Palmer, executive director of the Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center.

To learn more about any of the events on Oct. 26, please contact David Hacker, Title IX director at WJU at 304-243-2639 or title9@wju.edu.


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