Redefining the Classroom

Take Back the Night speaker, campus march focus on sexual assault, violence

Posted: April 12th, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Lake Superior State University is highlighting the issues of violence and sexual assault on April 15 with a speaker and campus march.

Angela Rose, a national speaker on sexual assault and violence will speak on campus starting at 6 p.m. on April 15 in the Walker Cisler Center Crow's Nest. Her presentation will be followed by LSSU's annual Take Back the Night Walk, starting at 7 p.m. at the Crow's Nest. The walk around campus is a way of showing your support for those who have suffered from sexual assault and abuse and to raise awareness about these issues.

Rose is a national leader in the movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual violence. Her decade of work on the issue has made her a highly respected, engaging speaker and an expert on sexual assault and violence prevention. She is also widely recognized as an advocate for supporting survivors of abuse and violence.

At 17, Rose was abducted at knifepoint outside a suburban Chicago shopping mall. She was assaulted by a repeat sex-offender on parole for murder and was eventually released by her attacker. Bruised and disoriented, she then suffered at the hands of authorities who subjected her to scrutiny and blame. The anguish of her abduction was immediately magnified by her anger and a strong sense of injustice at her treatment by authorities.

Rose worked with her attacker’s previous victims and other concerned community members to help enact Illinois’ Sexually Dangerous Persons Commitment Act in 1998. She continued her activism on the issues of sexual violence prevention as she entered college, where she perceived a lack of activism on the issues. She founded the organization PAVE -- Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment -- to create education and action surrounding the issues of sexual violence. The organization was immediately recognized for its inclusiveness. Through PAVE, Angela has trained students in sexual assault prevention, produced a documentary entitled, "Transition to Survivor," and founded Men Opposing Sexual Assault, a student group that highlights the importance of men in the anti-sexual assault movement.

Rose serves as PAVE’s executive director, and she travels the country and beyond to inspire others to join the movement to end sexual assault. Audiences across the country have benefited from her passion, her experience and her ability to turn tragedy into action. Her efforts have been profiled by CNN, The Today Show, TIME magazine, The Montel Williams Show, The John Walsh Show, CosmoGirl, Girl’s Life magazine and in newspapers nationwide.

Rose's program at LSSU is being sponsored by the Eastern U.P. Sexual Violence Prevention Team. For more information, contact Joe Loomis at 635-6244 or