On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, JCHS held our second annual Take Back the Night event on campus. The event was hosted by the JCHS VOICE (Violence Can End) Program.
Preparing for the event by donning teal ribbons symbolizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month were (left to right) Elizabeth Costa, JCHS Assistant Director of Student Life; Danielle Lusk, Director of Faculty Development and Interprofessional Education; and Physician Assistant student an Resident Advisor Kirstin Harrell.
Danielle Lusk and Elizabeth Costa are all smiles before the second annual Take Back the Night event at JCHS.
Our Take Back the Night event was held once again at Fralin House on the JCHS campus. In the dining room, participants enjoyed some refreshments.
The warm spring weather was really beautiful and many of those attending took advantage of it by eating at our picnic tables on the Fralin House lawn.
Elizabeth Costa participates in an interview with WSLS Newschannel-10.
As Take Back the Night started, JCHS VOICE Coordinator Sarah Higginbotham took the podium and welcomed everyone.
The audience was made up of JCHS students, our friends from Carilion Clinic and guests from the Roanoke community.
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop spoke about the importance of events like Take Back the Night and how they ensure a safe environment for everyone on our campus.
Sarah Higginbotham and JCHS Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill listen as President Bishop speaks.
JCHS students listen to the speakers from the Frailin House lawn.
Scott Hill spoke about the vital role that the VOICE program plays in student life at JCHS and how it will continue to provide support for the entire campus community.
Historic Fralin House provided the perfect backdrop for our event with a large crowd attending.
The next speaker was Ed Watkins, Captain for the Carilion Clinic Police Department. Ed is an active member of our VOICE Committee.
Also speaking was Karen Bailey, representing the SARA (Sexual Assault Response and Awareness) Program. Karen is also a member of the JCHS VOICE Committee.
Karen Bailey of the SARA Program, speaks to the gathered crowd at the 2011 JCHS Take Back the Night event.
Next, Melissa Harper, a Forensic Nurse with Carilion Clinic, addressed the group.
Our honored guest for the second year at Take Back the Night was Gil Harrington, mother of Morgan Harrington. Here, she takes the podium on the porch of Fralin House.
Mrs. Harrington spoke about the terrible, lasting effects of violence and how important it is to always keep those issues in focus as the proceed through our daily lives.
After the presentations, everyone began a short walk to honor victims of sexual violence, raise awareness for safety and offer hope to all.
The group walked from Fralin House, across Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke and then toward Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital, home of JCHS.
While the walk was quiet, it gave our participants time to think about the speeches they had just heard and to discuss the importance of the event.
Almost 40 participants took part in the Take Back the Night walk this year.
As the evening concluded, our walkers passed CRCH and then looped back to the Fralin House lawn. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see all of you again next year!