SJU Seeks to Combat Violence with Week-long Series of Events

Friday, April 5, 2013

April 11-18 is Anti-violence Week at Saint Joseph’s University. Events aim to educate the community about the prevalence of violence in our society, and include an exhibit, a panel discussion and vigils to support survivors and remember those who have been victims.

The week kicks off with the exhibit “Empty Place at The Table,” on Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Campion Student Center.  The exhibit will commemorate women and children who were killed by abusers and will include photographs, artwork, and personal items of those who have been victims of abuse. 

The annual Take Back The Night Vigil will be held on Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial.  Sexual and physical violence will be the focus of the vigil, with several inspirational speakers discussing the dangers of violence, including Pennsylvania Senator Leanna Washington, Janine Kelly of the Montgomery County Women’s Center, and Thomas Alongi, Senior Staff Attorney for Community Legal Service in Phoenix, Ariz. The event will also offer a speak-out, where survivors of violence are encouraged to speak about their experiences.

The Richard Johnson Center for Anti-Violence will host its annual candlelight vigil for the 334 victims of gun violence in 2012 in the City of Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial. Professor of Philosophy Betsy Linehan, RSM and University President Kevin C. Gillespie, S.J. ’72, will conduct an interdenominational prayer.  Mayor Michael Nutter will be delivering a keynote address, and Dr. Eileen Weissman, principal of Kensington International Business High School, will give a reflection from the perspective of having lost a senior student to gun violence.

The week ends with a panel discussion entitled “Rape Myths and The Media,” on Thursday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Science Center, Room 300.  The panel will cover rape myths and how the media influences our understanding of sexual violence.

Events are free and open to the public.

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