IU Hosts “Take Back the Night” Event
Immaculata University hosted its first “Take Back the Night” vigil on Wednesday, April 18, 2011 on the campus of Immaculata University. Take Back the Night was a gathering of men and women to speak out against sexual violence against women. Immaculata’s program promoted dating violence awareness as well as creating a supportive environment for individuals who may have experienced sexual assault, dating violence or relationship abuse.
Bill Mitchell, president of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation, was the keynote speaker. Mitchell spoke on behalf of his daughter, Kristin Mitchell, and provided Immaculata students with an eye-opening account of the reality of dating violence. After the presentation, there was a student-led reflection before the candlelight vigil and final blessing. A representative of the Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County provided supportive resources during the program. Friends and families of the students were also invited to attend this special event.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the Avon Foundation’s Healthy Relationship Peer Educator program. The first Take Back the Night took place in Philadelphia in 1975 but today the event is held across the globe. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immaculata University is a residential, Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.