UVa-Wise to host 'Take Back the Night' event

 

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will host “Take Back the Night” on Wednesday, March 19, to bring awareness for sexual violence and to support survivors in their healing process.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Gilliam Sculpture Garden with a march across campus and continues with a candlelight vigil,  is designed to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Student Development and the Student Development Advisory Board and is designed to inform the campus and surrounding counties. Family Crisis Support Services is also heavily involved in the program.

"Family Crisis Support Services is honored to be a part of “Take Back the Night” event at UVa-Wise,” Joni Perry, with Family Crisis Support Services said. “According to the Bureau of Justice, college aged women experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence, and we are happy to partner in this event to bring resources to these college students."

Jewell Worley, dean of students at UVa-Wise, said national statistics on violence and abuse are alarming.

“I am so proud of our UVa-Wise students who have chosen to take up this cause and be a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves,” Worley said. “Take Back the Night” has become a venue for students,  community members, and professionals to shed light on a crime that often occurs in the dark and remains in the dark because victims of sexual assault feel powerless and continue to be afraid to speak out.

UVa-Wise campus is partnering with resources from the local community to help empower victims and to be a part of a much-larger national campaign to bring attention to the crime of sexual assault.

“As students, it is our responsibility to provide a safe, nurturing environment for students who experience relationship violence so they feel they have a voice,” Sydney Gilbert, SDAB vice president said.  “The event focuses on giving victims of relationship violence their voice back on campus, and it promotes seeking an end to all types of sexual violence. As students it is our responsibility to shatter the silence, and stop the violence.”