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April 08, 2016

Wesleyan to Hold Take Back the Night Event

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s JUST STAND organization will be hosting a Take Back the Night Event to stand against sexual violence in all forms- dating abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and every other type of sexual violence.  The event, to be held on April 12, will begin at 8 p.m. in Wesley Chapel and will include an awareness walk to Jawbone Park with glow sticks, a moment of silence, and a musical performance by Torn in Two of Huntington, WV.  The event will also include remarks by JUST STAND representatives Lori Thompson, director of counseling, and student Katie Babiuch; Vice President for Student Development Julie Keehner; Head Football Coach Del Smith ’05; and Chaplain Christopher Scott. 

Since the early 1970s, Take Back the Night Events have been held in the United States to bring together those committed to taking a public stand on behalf of sexual assault survivors.  These events have been held in over 30 countries in over 1,000 locations around the world.  This will be Wesleyan’s first Take Back the Night event, and Thompson is excited about the anticipated turnout.

“We anticipate over four hundred participants, including students from Greek life, sporting teams, and many other organizations,” Thompson stated. “We also are excited to see faculty, staff, and local community members there. The goal of our event is to continue to increase awareness and prevention of sexual violence and exhibit support to victims and survivors.”

Torn in Two is an alternative Christian rock band based out of Huntington, WV.  They have opened for groups such as Big Daddy Weave, Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Chris Sligh, Kellen Heller, and Saliva.  They have played in the metro area of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  In January 2014, they completed their first EP titled “No Turning Back” with Green Meteor Records, which was released in March 2014.  Their first full-length album titled “Identity Crisis” was released in April 2015.  Their music brings an uplifting message of strength through struggle with their unique blend of powerful songwriting, smooth harmonies, and lush string arrangements.  For more information, visit them online at www.tornintwomusic.com.

The event is free and open to the public.  Childcare will not be provided. 

For more information, please contact Director of Counseling Lori Thompson at thompson_l@wvwc.edu or (304) 473-8100.

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