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April 17, 2017

JUST STAND to Host 2nd Take Back the Night Event

West Virginia Wesleyan College’s JUST STAND organization will be hosting its second Take Back the Night Event on Friday, April 21 to stand against sexual violence in all forms- dating abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and every other type of sexual violence.  This year’s event will focus on bystander intervention. 

The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Wesley Chapel and will include a police-escorted awareness walk to and from Jawbone Park with glow sticks and a musical performance by Wildwood of Buckhannon in Wesley Chapel to conclude the evening.  The event will also include remarks by JUST STAND representatives Lori Thompson, director of counseling, and student Kate Babiuch, as well as Bobbi Cox, rural sexual assault advocate with Women’s Aid in Crisis and members of the WE LEAD No More Team. 

Take Back the Night is a non-profit organization that aims to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.  They seek to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all other forms of sexual violence.  Take Back the Night events include protests, walks, speakers, and artistic performances.  These events occur in over 30 countries worldwode and began in the 1960s.  Over 600 campuses and communities have held Take Back the Night events to date.  

“Last year’s event was so well-received that our students requested that we do it again this year,” stated Thompson.  “Along with interpersonal violence and stalking, we are dedicated to education and awareness of these issues, as well as sexual assault.  This year, our focus is on bystander intervention.  We are encouraging people to think of how they may ‘Be the One’ to intervene if they see a possible assault occurring.  The Prevention Team of WVWC is looking forward to this year’s awareness march and increasing our efforts to stop sexual violence.”

Wildwood was formed under the union of veteran musicians Sam Hurst (a WVWC alumnus who majored in music) and Chad Rector. Later, they brought longtime friend Jason Rexroad to the unit, solidifying the group with strong percussion. Finally, Katy Lambson brought soaring violin, the final key to the band. They have all meshed and continue to evolve. With roots in everything including rock, country, and classical, this band can handle anything thrown at them. Wildwood’s unique composition and arrangement of songs will fill your soul!

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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