On April 11, 2017, the Jefferson College VOICE Program hosted our eighth 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.
- Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Sciences
- Captain Ron Donelson, Carilion Police Department
- Detective Frank Leftwich, Roanoke City Police Department
- Kelsey Harrington, SARA (Sexual Assault Response and Awareness)
- Logan Doughty, Personal Self Protection, LLC
- Bryan Miller, Jefferson College Student Senate President and S.A.F.E President
- Krista Hardee and Joey Barbaris, Jefferson College Health Psychology Club President and Vice President
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. We assembled the kits to provide to the forensic program at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.