Saint Joseph’s University Raises Awareness of Violence
Vigils honor homicide victims, victims of sexual abuse
Thursday, April 3, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (April 4, 2014) — Saint Joseph’s will host two vigils this month aimed at increasing violence awareness. The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence will host a candlelight vigil to honor the 247 homicide victims in Philadelphia over the last year, on Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will offer remarks and remembrances. Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Everett Gillison, and Philadelphia Managing Director Richard Negrin, will join the mayor. Elizabeth A. Linehan, RSM, professor of philosophy, will preside over the non-denominational service. Family members and friends are expected to attend as candles are lit for each of the 247 victims.
On Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial, the campus community will gather for the 13th annual Take Back the Night Vigil. The event is organized and hosted by SJU’s award-winning REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program) group, and calls attention to sexual and physical violence against women.
Melissa Lucchesi, executive director of Voices, a non-profit developed to enhance victim services and support and to create new ways for survivors to connect and heal, will present the keynote lecture. Alison Kiss Dougherty from Security on Campus, a non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes in college and university campus communities across the United States, will also speak.
Attendees are encouraged to share their personal experiences during the speak-out portion of the night.