The global nonprofit organization Fear 2 Freedom (F2F) will partner with Christopher Newport University students at its third annual Celebration Night to benefit victims of sexual assault on Nov. 5 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. in the David Student Union Ballroom. The event’s guest speaker will be Lisette Johnson, a survivor of an attempted murder-suicide, who will provide a glimpse into intimate-partner violence. This event is open to the university community, and those wishing to participate are welcome.
Attendees will have the opportunity to assemble one of 375 kits to be distributed to victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence. The kits provide clothing and basic toiletries, as victims’ clothing is often kept as evidence. The kits will be delivered to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, and distributed by forensic nurses.
Every two minutes in America someone is sexually assaulted. F2F is dedicated to bringing hope and healing to those wounded by sexual abuse. Its mission is to redeem and restore lives broken by abuse, and educate and empower colleges and communities to work to prevent the sexual abuse crisis. F2F helps educate and empower students about sexual assault, date rape and sex trafficking, and mobilize them to be part of the solution by assembling F2F kits.
F2F President Rosemary Trible notes, “It is through my own dark road of pain that I have become so passionate about helping victims and fighting against abuse. In 1975 I hosted a morning TV talk show in Richmond called ‘Rosemary’s Guestbook.’ I did a show on sexual assault, never realizing I would be the next victim raped at gunpoint three days later.”
Volunteers can help with event set-up between 2-6 p.m. in the David Student Union Ballroom. For more information, email rosemary@fear2freedom.
Catering for this event will be provided by Chick-fil-A.