Annual campus event spreads sexual assault awareness



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Students attend annual campus event to spread sexual assault awareness.

Esperanza Gutierrez, Assistant Community Editor

The Counseling/Student Development Center and Relationship and Empowerment Task force (RAE) joined together to hold the Release the Light Sexual Assault Awareness Fair.

The event was held on Thursday, April 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Art Field. Over twenty organizations, teams and clubs were represented at tables in the field.

Release the Light featured music by EJ the DJ, a drum circle, a bounce house, crafts, field activities, $50 gift card raffles, $5 t-shirts, prizes, free food and desserts.

Speakers at the event included Gene Kelly, a lecturer in the psychology department and Kara Felton, lecturer in the psychology department and Devin Therese Trega, an attorney.

During his speech at the event Kelly said, “I wish we didn’t have to have the Release the Light event to bring people together about this terrible situation.”

Tricia Caiati, junior music therapy major, believes that this event is a good idea.

Caiati said, “I went last year for my class and here I am again. The more people who come the more powerful it is to spread awareness and it’s a good community builder.”

The campus community came together to walk in the Let Your Feet Speak march at 5:30 p.m.

Community members walked together to come out in full force to rally against sexual assault and walk for those who have been victimized.

Student athletes participated in a video called “It’s On Us Marywood.”

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