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Angela Rose to Speak at Annual Take Back the Night Program on October 29

October 20, 2008

angelaroseAngela Rose, a pioneer of the issue of sexual assault for nearly ten years, will speak at Mount Union College’s Annual Take Back the Night program on Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

In 1996, Rose was leaving her job at a suburban Chicago shopping mall when she was held at knifepoint and abducted by a repeat sexual offender.  Rose was seventeen years old. 

Following the attack, Rose educated herself more on the issue and spoke to other victims of sexual assault.  She was shocked to hear the extensive amount of stories, many of which went unshared and unreported.

Deciding to change the lack of activism on this issue, Rose started the first chapter of a nonprofit organization PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment).  PAVE now has chapters in several states and uses social, educational and legislative tactics to raise awareness of sexual assault.

Rose also created the organization Men Making a Difference (MMD), recognizing that sexual assault is not a “women’s issue” but a “human issue.”   

In 2004, Rose launched her business Desert Rose Productions using art to awaken social consciousness.  Rose continues to shape her multimedia production to effectively speak to a wide range of audiences.  She inspires communities with her speaking and networking tours and also by being an example of how a terrible experience can change one’s life, but not one’s spirit.   

Rose has been featured on the Montel Williams Show and The John Walsh Show, as well as highlighted in teen magazines such as CosmoGIRL and Girls Life.

Take Back the Night was begun in the 1960s to encourage women to take a stand against violence within their communities as they seek to reclaim their right to live without fear.  This year's theme is Put up a Fight, Take Back the Night.

The program will be followed by a moonlight march in honor of the victims that will promote the message in a more public manner. The event will end with a meeting in the East Room of the Campus Center with refreshments and socializing.

This event is free and open to the public. It is being sponsored by the Association of Women Students, Alpha Chi Omega, the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter and the Alliance Area YWCA.

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