Andrea Cooper to Share Kristin’s Story on April 22

April 08, 2009

andrea_cooperAndrea Cooper will present Kristin's Story; A story of Acquaintance Rape and Depression on April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre at Mount Union College.

Kristin’s Story is a mother’s tale of her daughter’s rape and subsequent suicide. Kristin Cooper, a Baker University student and member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority committed suicide shortly after she was raped by a friend in 1995. Her mother Andrea Cooper, a member of Delta Delta Delta, made the difficult decision to share her daughter’s tragedy with college students all over the nation.

“I am sharing this because I hope by telling Kristin's story that other lives will be saved, and other young women will not be victims of acquaintance rape, and that those suffering from depression, for any reason, will get help,” said Cooper.

With the support of the Delta Delta Delta Foundation and the Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, she has spoken about her experience with acquaintance rape depression and suicide at more than 300 colleges and 22 conferences internationally reaching more than 80,000 students.

Alpha Chi Omega and Delta Delta Delta are excited about the opportunity to present Kristin’s Story to the Mount Union community in hopes of raising awareness about the unspoken concerns surrounding acquaintance rape, depression and suicide among college students.

In addition, Mount Union’s Alpha Chi Omega chapter will hold “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” prior to Kristin’s Story. Participants will meet at 7 p.m. at the Hoover-Price Campus Center and walk a mile in high heel shoes to raise awareness and show their support of this issue. The walk will end at the Mount Union Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public.

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