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Domestic violence expert to speak at Take Back the Night Sept. 28

by Brandy Warren last modified Sep 20, 2010 03:16 PM

Sept. 20, 2010


            LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An authority on domestic violence and sexual abuse will deliver the keynote address for “Take Back the Night,” an annual University of Louisville event that raises awareness about violence against women.


The speaker, Joyce Wilson, is an intake triage specialist at the Domestic Violence Intake Center in Louisville.  Wilson has worked since 1971 on legislation including Kentucky's Rape Shield Law and the Marital Rape Bill. She also created the award-winning child safety program "My Body Belongs to Me" and the video "I'm Not Your Plaything." Wilson also helped implement the Sexual Assault Response Team in Jefferson County and serves as a domestic violence court advocate and a member of the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence.


Take Back the Night, which is free and open to the public, will be 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 outside of UofL’s Red Barn.  The event is offered by UofL’s Prevention, Education and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community (PEACC), which provides support to students, staff and faculty who are affected by dating or domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment.


In addition to the keynote address by Wilson, the evening’s events will include:


  • Speak Out Session, a candlelight vigil and march around UofL campus
  • performances by student band Silo and the Mbira Queens
  • remarks by Provost Shirley Willihnganz,  Karina Barillas of the Latina Women's Movement,  Ben Donlon of Men of PEACC, Khristina Greenwell of the Rescue and Restore Program, and Miss University of Louisville Melanie Jo Brison


In the week leading up to Take Back the Night, events include:


  • The Pinwheel Project - participants are asked to place a pinwheel on the UofL West Lawn in recognition of victims of violence
  • Kentucky Green Dot Campaign - Men of Prevention, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community will organize and gather signatures from people and organizations pledging to end violence against women


Take Back the Night is sponsored by the PEACC Program, Louisville Metro Office for Women, MensWork, Class Act Federal Credit Union, Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, Office for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Services, UofL Commission on the Status of Women, Family Scholar House, Women’s Center, The Center for Women and Families and other campus and community groups. For more details, contact PEACC at 502-852-2663 or


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