On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, the Jefferson College VOICE Program hosted our sixth annual “Take Back the Night” event. Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an international movement, now hosted by many colleges and universities in the United States. The purpose of TBTN is to draw attention to the problems of rape, sexual assault and violence against women, men and children in communities across the country.
The evening began with speakers, including remarks by a survivor who shared her story during the event.
Speakers for TBTN also included:
- Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President, Jefferson College of Health Sciences
- Teresa Berry, Executive Director of SARA, Inc.
- Detective Frank Leftwich, Roanoke City Police Department
- Representatives from Carilion Clinic’s Police Department
- Representatives from Carilion Clinic’s Forensic Nursing Department
- Gil Harrington
- Rosemary Trible, Founder of the Fear2Freedom Program
Following the speakers, those who attended participated in the “Fear2Freedom” program. Like the Jefferson VOICE Program, the Fear2Freedom Program is focused on healing and raising awareness about sexual abuse. They strive to meet this goal by partnering colleges and universities with local hospitals to provide aftercare kits for victims/survivors of sexual violence. These beautiful kits, made for both adults and children, contain items such as t-shirts, underwear, journals, etc. The kits also contain a specially made teddy bear and book to promote healing for the survivors. These kits are provided to local hospitals to give to survivors while they undergo the forensic PERK kit exam, a very sensitive and daunting experience. The kits assembled during the Jefferson TBTN event were provided to the forensic program at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. The kits were transported to CRMH via Carilion Clinic ambulance.