LANCASTER, Pa. – Angela Rose, an activist on prevention of sexual violence, will speak on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Booth Ferris Room of the Steinman College Center.
The talk, sponsored by Franklin & Marshall's Center for Liberal Arts and Society, SAVE, the Alice Drum Women's Center, Women and Gender Studies, Greek Life, Public Safety, Schnader, Bonchek and Ware College Houses, Counseling Services, LGBTA, 1 in 4, Mi Gente Latina, Athletics, and the Health and Wellness Committee, is free and open to the public. It will be the keynote speech for Take Back the Night, an annual, nationwide program to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence. This year's Take Back the Night will also feature music and testimonials from survivors of sexual assault.
Rose will present "Transition to Survivor," a film she produced and directed in which women tell their stories of being assaulted, reporting the crimes, and the aftermath of becoming victim of sexual assault. The movie moves beyond statistics to reach into the personal lives of those affected by sexual violence.
"We will not tolerate the silencing of rape victims," said Rose.
Rose herself was kidnapped from the parking lot of a shopping mall where she worked and subsequently assaulted by a repeat sex-offender on parole for murder. She was only seventeen years old.
After she was released, Rose worked with her attacker's previous victims and other community members to enact Illinois' Sexually Dangerous Persons Commitment Act in 1998. She has continued to work as an activist, founding the nonprofit grassroots organization PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) which employ social, education, and legal methods to put an end to sexual violence. PAVE now has several chapters nation-wide.
Rose, a recognized advocate for survivor empowerment, has been profiled by CNN, The Today Show, TIME Magazine, The Montel Williams Show, The John Walsh Show, CosmoGirl, Girl's Life magazine, and in newspapers across the country.
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