Start Date: March 26, 2012
End Date: April 1, 2012
Saint Francis University’s Social Work Club will hold a week of “Take Back the Night” activities to help victims of violence and to raise awareness for the need for actions against violence from March 26 through April 1.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend all events. The events will be on the Loretto campus and are free. The university’s Social Work Club has sponsored the campus’ annual week of empowerment and education events since 1998.
Scheduled events and their campus location:
Monday, March 26
Children and Youth Services will present on how to recognize and report child abuse. This session is extremely beneficial to individuals who are mandated reporters. Missy Raho, a supervisor from Cambria County Children and Youth, will be presenting at 5:00 pm in Disepio, room 201.
Tuesday, March 27
Erika Jugan of Victim Services and Cambria County D.A. Beth Bolton will talk about domestic abuse and what they see every day. They will present from 12:15 pm in Padua Hall, room 110.
Wednesday, March 28
At 12:00 pm Dr. Doug Stern, an emergency room physician at UPMC Bedford Memorial, will present how healthcare professionals assist individuals who have been sexually assaulted. It will be held in Sullivan Hall, room 301.
At 6pm in Disepio, room 201 Leslie Turner, Director at Blair Family Solution-Family Based, will discuss domestic abuse and its effect on the family.
Thursday, March 29
At 12:15pm in Disepio, room 201 Lynne Banks, Associate Dean of Student Development at Saint Francis, and Macy Rupprecht, biology major and honors student, will discuss what happens if abuse occurs on campus.
At 6:30 pm a self-defense class will be held in the Stokes Athletic Center.
Friday, March 30
In DiSepio, room 201 at 12:00 pm, Janet Shadid, LSW, who works in private practice and at the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Conemaugh Hospital, will discuss domestic abuse, preventative methods, the warning signs, and how to help a friend who may be involved in an unhealthy relationship.
Sunday, April 1
The closing ceremony will be held at 3:00 pm in the JFK Student Center.
Take Back the Night originated in the 1970’s as a march for women who had been victims of rape. It has expanded to an event that educates and empowers vulnerable populations.
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