Take Back the Night to be Held October 9

October 02, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — In commemoration of Domestic Violence Month, ‘Take Back the Night,’ an event to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, will be held at the University of Mount Union on Wednesday, October 9.

The speaker for the event will be Johanna Orozco-Fraser, a teen dating violence survivor. After being in an abusive relationship for two years, she had the courage to leave her abuser. Shortly after leaving him, her former boyfriend sexually assaulted and shot her in the face with a sawed-off shotgun.

Johanna shares her compelling story with schools, community organizations, parents and concerned citizens to educate them on dating violence. She focuses on self-respect, confidence and the signs to look for in an unhealthy relationship.

The event will begin with an information fair about domestic violence and sexual assault from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Hoover-Price Campus Center main hallway. Representatives from the Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter, Rape Crisis at Community Services of Stark County, YWCA, Alliance for Children and Families, Mount Union counseling services and Stark County Domestic Violence Collaborative will be in attendance.

Orozco-Fraser will speak at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. Immediately following the program, a remembrance walk will take place.

Also during the event, attendees will have an opportunity to purchase pink and purple rubber ducks for $2 each as part of the Office of Student Affairs’ “Hope Floats” initiative to honor and remember victims of domestic violence. The goal of the initiative is to raise $250 to split between the Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter and Relay for Life. Ducks will be released on the Campus Lakes at the conclusion of the remembrance walk and will then be returned to their owners.

The event is free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the event, there will be a display of T-shirts from the Clothesline Project, a national movement in which people design shirts to represent feelings about domestic violence and sexual assault.

For more information on the event, contact Ashley Ross, assistant director of Diversity and Inclusion, at (330) 823-7288 or rossar@mountunion.edu.

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