Take Back the Night program set for Bloomsburg University

For Immediate Release: April 7, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will present “Take Back the Night” to promote awareness of sexual assault, domestic abuse and violence against women. The program will be held Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m. in the Kehr Union, multipurpose rooms A and B. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Deb Barnes from BU’s Women’s Resource Center said, “The seminar will discuss the importance of combating domestic violence, promoting women’s safety and conquering the fears and violence of walking alone at night. We will also discuss and protest the ways in which violence permeates the everyday lives of women.”

The event will feature the video, “Please Write Back: Sexual Assault and America’s Students,” followed by a question-and-answer period with Margarete Hahn, the sexual assault counselor at the Women’s Center. Immediately following the video, there will be a candlelight vigil around Bloomsburg’s campus, ending at Carver Hall, as well as information tables from campus and community resources and giveaways.

Barnes said another event in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Clothesline Project, will give students the opportunity to design T-shirts to protest sexual assault and violence against women.
“Students can express how violence has affected them or someone they know or offer words of encouragement and support,” Barnes said.

Interested participants may design a shirt at the Women’s Resource Center from today through Thursday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shirts can also be designed at the information table in the Kehr Union, main lobby Monday and Tuesday, April 14 and 15. The Clothesline Project shirts will be on display in the Warren Student Services Center through Tuesday, April 15.

In addition, the Women’s Wit and Wisdom program will discuss “Dating Violence” on Wednesday, April 9. The discussion will begin at 5 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Center. Admission is free and the discussion is open to the public.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.