Fordham Hosts 10 Points of Light


Over 50 students participated in the vigil to stand in solidarity with sexual violence survivors on April 30.(PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)


At least 50 members of the Fordham Lincoln Center community gathered for the annual 10 Points of Light candle vigil to honor survivors of sexual violence. Fordham was one of 10 colleges chosen by Take Back the Night to host the event, that occurs every last Thursday in April, which is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Among the faculty members who attended the event were Jenifer Campbell, director of the Office Residential Life at LC, Christina Frankovic, assistant director for programming for the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development, Dorothy Wenzel, Ph.D., director of OSLCD and Keith Eldredge, Dean of Students.

Frankovic said to the crowd, “This night…is to show you are not alone. We are all here together to support one another and encourage each other to heal and find ways to put an end to sexual assault.”

According to Take Back the Night, one in three women and one in six men worldwide experience some form of sexual violence. Yet, less than 50 percent of victims report these crimes.

Other schools involved with the organization include Carroll College, Central New Mexico Community College, Claremont Colleges, McHenry County College, Morain Park Technical College, Temple University, Rutgers University, the University of North Texas and the University of Washington.

The event began at 7:30 p.m. and ended around 8:00 p.m.. When the clock struck the top of the hour a student announced, “Someone in America is assaulted every 107 seconds. Our final moment of reflection is in honor of those nationwide, who have been affected by sexual assault.”

Tomorrow, May 1, there will be a drop-in at 1:00 p.m. in McMahon 205 to debrief. Members of the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) will be available.

Shery Arce, FCLC ’16, was one of the six students who collaborated in planning this event. (PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)
Ian Schaefer, FCLC '17, also particpated in planning the event and performing reflections.
Ian Schaefer, FCLC ’17, also participated in planning the event and performing reflections. (PHOTO BY ADRIANA GALLINA/ THE OBSERVER)