Wilson, N.C. – Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College faculty, staff, and students for “Take Back The Night: Shatter the Silence, Stop the Violence,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 5.  Co-sponsored by Barton College Student Health Services and the Wesley Shelter of Wilson, “Take Back The Night” is an annual program that raises awareness about domestic violence.  The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend.

On Tuesday evening, participants will gather at 6 p.m. at the fountain in front of Hamlin Student Center for a Candlelight Vigil.  The vigil, protesting violence in homes and in schools, will begin with brief remarks by Amy Bridgers, director of Lee Student Health Center at Barton College, as well as Janet Hesmer, executive director of the Wesley Shelter in Wilson.  Other speakers include Barton students Jacob Cobb, Heather Lewis, Aaron Watkins, among others.  These remarks will be followed by a musical performance by the Barton College Gospel Choir.  Dan Kennedy, director of new student programs and Greek life at Barton, will read names of those who have lost their lives this year as a result of domestic violence.

In memory of the lives lost each month, a candle will be extinguished by representatives from the following groups: Phi Mu Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, the Barton College Sign Choir, the Barton College Association of Nursing Students, Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority,  Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Delta Zeta Sorority, the Criminal Justice Club, the Psychology Club, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Campus Activities Board, and the Barton College Student Government Association.

Participants, who are able, will walk the Barton Mile around the perimeter of the campus with glow sticks in hand to honor those who have been affected by domestic abuse.  Afterwards, participants are invited to the lobby of Hamlin Student Center to enjoy light refreshments.

For additional information, please contact Amy Bridgers, director of Lee Student Health Center, 252-399-6493 or email: abbridgers@barton.edu.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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