Ferris State University’s Social Work Association is hosting Take Back the Night. Highlighting Take Back the Night is a keynote address by Nicole Bromley, an abuse survivor. Bromley will speak at Williams Auditorium on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
Take Back the Night promotes awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence. Preceding Bromley’s keynote address is the scheduled Take Back the Night March, which begins at 6 p.m. in IRC and ends at Williams Auditorium.
Bromley, author of “Hush: Moving From Silence to healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse” and “Breathe: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships After Childhood Sexual Abuse,” will tell her story, “From Hush to Hero.” Bromley’s stepfather began molesting her when she was only 8 years old. At 15 years old, Bromley found comfort in religion and realized that the only way to escape the painful memories was to write down her prayers. Not only will Bromley share stories of her painful childhood memories, but she will also discuss the stories of the many men and women she has met on her speaking journey who have suffered sexual abuse.
“What the Social Work Association would like people to take away from this event is an understanding of the seriousness of domestic violence and sexual assault,” said freshman Malaika Montague, a Social Work major from Cedar. “Also, if this has happened to anyone that is going to attend the events we want them to understand that they are not alone and allow them to let their voices be heard.”
A banner will be available at the event for people to write stories of their own experiences with domestic violence and sexual assault.
Take Back the Night is free and open to the public. This event is for mature audiences only.
Event sponsors also include Northland Counseling Center, Miedema’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service, The Inn at Rustic Gate, Biggby Coffee, Big Rapids Antique Farm and Power Club, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, Diversity and Inclusion Office and Samuels Law Office.