SJU Hosts 10th Annual Take Back the Night Vigil

Monday, April 12, 2010

What: Saint Joseph’s University will host the 10th annual Take Back the Night Vigil, a powerful event aimed at raising awareness of sexual and physical violence against women and encouraging victims to speak out. The event is organized and hosted by SJU’s award-winning REPP (Rape Education and Prevention Program) group.

When: Thursday, April 15 7 p.m.

Where: Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial Located off City and Cardinal Aves. Philadelphia, Pa. 19131

Who: Bill Mitchell, the father of SJU alumna Kristen Mitchell, who was murdered by her boyfriend in her Conshocken apartment just weeks after graduating in 2005, will present the keynote address, “Avoiding a Nightmare.”

Representatives from the Montgomery County Women's Center and the Victim Service Center will also offer remarks.

Highlights: The vigil ends each year with a speak-out, which opens the floor to anyone who wishes to talk about their experience with sexual assault or physical abuse.

“I’m proud that SJU has hosted this important event for the last ten years,” said Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Ph.D., professor of sociology and one of the REPP advisor. “It’s an important event that helps survivors heal from their experiences of violence and opens the eyes of many other community members to this devastating problem.”

The media is prohibited from filming the speak out portion of the vigil due to the sensitive content.


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