Release the Light Program to Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault


Marywood University will join in the national effort of raising awareness of sexual assault by providing the 8th Annual Release the Light Program on Wednesday, April 15, from 12-2 p.m. in the Memorial Commons (Rain location: Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center.) 

Release the Light's purpose is to increase student and community awareness on preventing violence and reducing incidents of sexual assault on college campuses and in the community. April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and communities and colleges across the nation will be joining together against crimes of sexual abuse. 

The program will include written information on sexual assault, music, and speakers who cover topics on sexual assault prevention, safeguards against acquaintance rape, the importance of consent and mutual respect in relationships, and statistics about sexual violence. The event will also include the Let Your Feet Speak mile walk through campus.

Marywood University's Chartwells Food Service and other local community businesses will provide food donations for the event. Community and student organizations, as well as academic departments, will be represented, including Lackawanna County's Women's Resource Center, Marywood University's Counseling/Student Development Center, Peers on Wellness (POW), Marywood Campus Security, the Caritas Social Work Club, The Women's Studies Program, the Diversity United Club, the Music Therapy Club, Psychological Services, the Feminist Writing & Rhetoric Class and more. 

This event is free and open to the public. For more information on the Release the Light Program, contact Marywood University's Counseling/Student Development Center at 570-348-6245.