WILSON, N.C. — October 8, 2020 — Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College’s faculty, staff, and students for “Take Back The Night,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. Sponsored and hosted by Barton College Student Health Services and the Barton College Chaplain’s Office, in collaboration with the Wesley Shelter of Wilson, “Take Back The Night” is an annual program on campus that raises awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend. Because of campus safety protocols in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place remotely via Zoom this year.
Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, and Ms. Lynne White, executive director of the Wesley Shelter, will provide remarks on behalf of each participating organization, and representatives of the Wilson Police Department will read the names of those North Carolinians who have lost their lives through domestic violence in the past year. Participants, who are able, will walk the Barton Mile around the perimeter of the campus at their leisure to honor those who have been affected by domestic violence. This decision was made to abide by the social distancing guidelines in place.
“‘Take Back the Night’ is a reaffirmation of Barton College’s commitment to a world without sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of interpersonal violence,” shared the Reverend David Finnegan-Hosey, college chaplain at Barton. “We believe this world is possible, and that our students, in partnership with such wonderful community organizations such as the Wesley Shelter, can help make it so.”
For those interested in participating in the event, please contact David Finnegan-Hosey, college chaplain, at 252-399-6386 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom invitation.