On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the Jefferson College of Health Sciences VOICE (Violence Can End) Program hosted our seventh 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 survivors, who shared their stories during the event.
Speakers included representatives from:
- SARA (Sexual Assault Response and Awareness), Inc.
- Carilion Clinic Forensic Nurse Examiner Department
- Carilion Clinic Police Department
- Roanoke City Police Department
Following the speakers, those attending 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 assembled kits are provided to the forensic program at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospita (CRMH)l, and they were transported to CRMH via Carilion Clinic ambulance.