Marywood University to Hold 15th Annual “Release the Light”¬†Sexual Assault Awareness Program

SCRANTON, PA (April 8, 2016)-Marywood University will hold its 15thannual “Release the Light” Sexual Assault Awareness program, in conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Thursday, April 21, 2016. The event will take place on the campus green, in front of the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts, from 3 – 6 p.m. The rain location is in the Fireplace Lounge, in the Nazareth Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.


This year’s program will be an outdoor fair, with “EJ the DJ” bringing fun and interactive music. There will be a bounce house, 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.


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, RAE (Relationship Awareness & Empowerment Task Force), Peers on Wellness, The University of Scranton’s Cross Cultural Centers, Marywood University’s Student Art Therapy Association (MUSATA), Psychological Services Center, Music Therapy Association, Caritas Social Work Club, Women’s Field Hockey team, Marywood resident assistants, Title IX deputy coordinators, Campus Safety, Alpha Sigma Psi Sorority, Campus Ministry, Purple Pinkies, and many more. Local community businesses will provide food and drink donations.


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 additional information on the “Release the Light” program to raise awareness of sexual assault, please contact Marywood University’s Counseling/Student Development Center, at (570) 348-6245.