Marywood University to Hold 14th Annual “Release the Light” Sexual Assault Awareness Program


SCRANTON, PA (April 17, 2015)—Marywood University will hold its 14th annual “Release the Light” Sexual Assault Awareness program, in conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the art field of the university’s campus. The rain location is in the Fireplace Lounge, Nazareth Student Center.


This year’s program will be an outdoor fair, with “EJ the DJ” bringing fun and interactive music. There will be lively games, speakers and tables with information on the topics of healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention, safeguards against acquaintance rape, bystander intervention, the importance of consent and mutual respect in relationships, and statistics about sexual violence. There will be a “Let Your Feet Speak” march through campus at 4:30 p.m., and the program will close with a “Release the Light” bonfire.


Community and student organizations, as well as academic departments, will be represented, including Lackawanna County’s Women’s Resource Center, Marywood University’s Counseling/Student Development Center, Relationship and Empowerment Task Force (RAE), Peers on Wellness, Marywood University’s Student Art Therapy Association (MUSATA), Trafficking Awareness Committee, Campus Safety, and many more. Marywood University’s Chartwells Food Service, as well as other local community businesses, will provide food.


April is designated as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and communities and colleges across the nation will join together against crimes of sexual abuse. For more information on the “Release the Light” program to raise awareness of sexual assault, contact Marywood University’s Counseling/Student Development Center at (570) 348-6245.