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Mar 27 2013

NYIT to Hold Take Back the Night Event

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (March 27, 2013) ─ In the aftermath of the recent Steubenville, Ohio rape case verdict and other accounts of sexual assault and domestic violence, NYIT is urging young women and men to “shatter the silence and stop the violence”  at a special event planned for Thursday, March 28 on the Old Westbury campus.

Take Back the Night, part of a global movement, will feature guest speakers, a candlelight vigil, and personal stories of those affected by domestic and sexual abuse. The event, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm., begins in the Harry Schure Hall auditorium and later will move to the Academic Quad. The NYIT Center for Counseling and Wellness is sponsoring a dinner for participants.
 
NYIT’s Take Back the Night event was organized by Assistant Professor Beth Adubato, who teaches criminal justice in the College of Arts and Sciences. Adubato will share her personal story of sexual assault that occurred while she was a freshman studying religion at the College of William & Mary.
 
“I was assaulted by another student, and nothing ever happened,” said Adubato.
 
She withdrew from the school as a result of the assault, and later completed her education at Rutgers University, where she eventually earned a doctorate in criminal justice. Adubato specializes in the area of gender and crime and has spoken widely on campus safety.
 
NYIT criminal justice students will lead the event with opening remarks and readings. Guests are invited to share their own stories. Scheduled speakers include Janine Sadowski, director of rape and sexual assault at the Coalition Against Domestic Violence of Nassau County, and Danielle DeZao, of the nonprofit The Purple Thread, who will discuss dating violence.
 
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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
 
 
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