Saint Martin's to host “Take Back the Night”
March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON — As a call for an end to sexual violence, Saint
Martin’s University will host a “Take Back The Night” event
Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m., starting at the University's
Trautman Union Building. The event will include a keynote
address by SafePlace Executive Director Mary Pontarolo and a
candlelight march on campus. It will conclude with a gathering
of the Saint Martin’s and Lacey communities participating in
a peace flag-making activity.
This free event is jointly sponsored by Saint Martin’s
University’s Offices of Campus Life, Public Safety, Counseling
and Wellness, and Residence Life, and the Department of Women’s
Studies. This is the University’s fourth annual “Take Back the
Night” march on campus. The public is invited to participate.
Pontarolo has provided direct services and administered
programs and agencies in the field of sexual and domestic
violence for the past 30 years. She was both founder and
executive director of the Washington State Coalition Against
Domestic Violence for 10 years before transitioning to SafePlace.
Prior to 1990 she served as the executive director of New
Beginnings’ domestic violence shelter program in Seattle for
five years. Pontarolo also served as a community and volunteer
educator and provided domestic violence perpetrator treatment
groups prior to her director positions. Pontarolo has been
instrumental in the development of state-wide policy, curriculum
and legislative initiatives protecting the rights and safety of
victims of sexual and domestic violence and their children.
The City of Lacey is providing a proclamation, declaring the
week of April 16-20 “Sexual Violence Awareness Week” and April
19 “Take Back the Night Day.” The Sexual Violence Awareness week
will include the Clotheslines and Silhouette Projects, a
documentary and a self-defense workshop.
“Take Back the Night” brings survivors, their supporters and
the community together to shatter the silence surrounding sexual
violence. For more than 30 years, “Take Back the Night”
participants—people of all ages, races, religions, backgrounds
and genders—have empowered and supported survivors, raised
awareness, helped those in pain, and asserted that no one should
have to live in fear of sexual violence.
According to Laurel Dube, assistant director of campus life
and event organizer, the Saint Martin’s march is intended to
unite energies and illuminate the path toward a violence-free
world. “Programs such as Take Back the Night unite the community
to promote the message that sexual violence is not tolerated and
to advocate for the safety of our community,” says Dube.
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year,
coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in
Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of
Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges
and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University
prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and
six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business,
education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250
students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main
campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint
Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College and
Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University
website at www.stmartin.edu.
For additional information:
Assistant director of campus life
Director of community relations and event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University