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Program to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

October 25, 2010

Take Back the Night, a program developed to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be held at the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, October 27.
 
Tom Santoro, a father whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. in the Mount Union Theatre. Santoro has turned his pain into a mission to end dating violence and has shared his daughter’s story throughout the country by encouraging others to speak out against domestic violence and sexual assault.
 
Immediately following Santoro’s presentation, a moonlight march will be held across campus to promote the message of domestic violence in a more public manner. The evening will conclude with a social event sponsored by the Raider Programming Board in the Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.
 
Take Back the Night first began in the 1960s to encourage women to take a stand against violence as they seek to recapture their right to live without fear. Sponsored by the Association of Women Students, Alpha Chi Omega, Alliance YMCA and Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter, this year’s theme is “Together We Band, So Violence Can’t Stand.”
 
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Petko, associate dean of students and advisor of the Association of Women Students at Mount Union at (330) 823-7288.
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