“Release the Light” Program Set to Increase Awareness on Sexual Assault


Marywood University joins in the national effort in providing Release the Light Sexual Assault Awareness Program on Wednesday, April 13 in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center from 11:30a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The purpose is to increase student and community awareness for the need of violence prevention 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.  This is Marywood University's tenth annual Release the Light event.

This year's program will be a food and information fair, with written materials, music and speakers available to cover topics such as sexual assault prevention, safeguards against acquaintance rape, the importance of consent and mutual respect in relationships, and statistics about sexual violence. Scheduled speakers are David Elliott, Senior Director for University Safety, Security & Environmental Compliance, Sr. Gail Cabral I.H.M., Ph.D., Full Professor Psychology UG, and Erika DelRosso, M.Ed, Teen Advocate, Women's Resource Center.  There also will be a "Let Your Feet Speak" March through campus as the first part of the program.

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, the Diversity United Club, the Music Therapy Club, the Women's Studies Program, the Graduate Student Council, Chi Sigma Iota, Active Minds, Psychological Services Center, RAE (Relationship Awareness & Empowerment Task Force) and many more.  

Marywood University's Chartwells Food Service, as well as other local community businesses, will provide food donations.

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