Saint Francis' Social Work Club will hold a week of “Take Back the Night” activities for victims of violence, to raise awareness of the types of abuse and violence and to give new perspectives about the stigmas that accompany abuse. The events will be held April 2 - 7.The events are free and the public is invited to attend. All events will be on the Loretto campus.
“Take Back the Night” originated in the 1970s as a march for women who had been victims of rape. It has expanded to an event that educates and empowers vulnerable populations. The university’s social work club has sponsored the campus’ annual week of empowerment and education events since 1998.
Scheduled events and campus locations:
Tuesday, April 2
Sexual assault can have a long lasting impact on victims and these cases are often some of the most difficult to prosecute. Erika Jugan, supervisor of direct services at Victim Services, and Beth Bolton Cambria County, assistant district attorney, will discuss the dynamics of sexual assault as they pertain to victims and to the criminal justice system. They will highlight Cambria County's protocol for responding to sexual assault and give an overview of services available for victims. This talk will take place from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm in Scotus Hall, room 209.
Take Back the Night and its relevance for Saint Francis students
Dr. Snyder, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Saint Francis, will discuss sociological and ethical ideas related to “Take Back the Night” based upon his research on violence and trauma. Dr. Snyder will also discuss the meaning of “Take Back the Night” for Saint Francis University. This talk will take place from, 7:00 pm-7:30 pm in Schwab Hall, room 102.
Wednesday, April 3
Education, prevention, and response regarding incidents of sexual assault
Jennifer Roseman-Farabaugh, vice president at Vet Advisor Services will speak about threat and reality of sexual assault in our society. Other presenters bring over a decade of experiences in sexual assault prevention and response, victim advocacy and mastery of the criminal investigative process. Unfortunately, each has participated in hundreds of incidents involving sexual assault, evidence identification and collection, victim and suspect interviews and each has provided courtroom testimony. This talk will be held from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, in Schwab Hall, room 302A.
Interdisciplinary approach to helping rape victims
By applying a team approach, the Cambria County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) works with victims of sexual assault on multiple levels including emotional, medically, and if the victim chooses so, legally. The team consists of a sexual assault nurse examiner, a victim advocate, and law enforcement to help provide healing to victims. Respondents from the SART program will go over the Rape Kit and present the process of what happens when a victim is entered into the SART program. This session will be held from 6:30 pm- 8 pm, in Padua Hall, room 112.
Thursday, April 4
Child abuse identification and mandated reporting
Missy Raho from Cambria County Children and Youth Services will discuss the different types of child abuse and how to identify it. She will also discuss the responsibilities of a mandated reporter. This lecture will provide the basics about child abuse prevention and intervention and will take place from 12:15 pm-1:10 pm, in Padua Hall, room 112.
Paul Girardi from campus ministry will offer participants the opportunity to become familiar with different aspects of self-defense. The focus will be on developing a sound mind and sound body relative to self-defense techniques. Through the participation in confidence building activities and role play, participants will feel less vulnerable and more in control. Activities include: awarenress, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance, and self-realization of physical power. This event will take place from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, in the Stokes Center's Auxillary Gym.
Friday, April 5
The response to sexual assault on campus
Sue Obarsky from the university’s counseling center and Officer Reese from campus police will share protocol about how Saint Francis handles sexual assault and rape cases.This will take place from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm, in DiSepio, room 201.
Sunday, April 7
Closing Candlelight Ceremony
Witness the deadly effects of domestic violence from the Blair County Coroner. It will be a chilling and educational experience, but viewer discretion is advised. A survivor of domestic violence will also speak about her experience. A candlelight ceremony, student information presentations, and other activities planned for this session that will take place from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm, at the JFK Student Center.