September 19, 2016


Hackettstown, N.J., September 19, 2016 – Centenary University’s Students  Taking on Prevention (STOP) program and the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County (DASACC) is observing Domestic Abuse Awareness Month next month by hosting “Take Back the Night.” This will take place at 7 p.m. on October 5, 2016 at the Taylor Memorial Library at Centenary University. The event is free and open to members of the community.  

The evening’s events will consist of remarks from Dr. Amy D’Olivo, Associate Provost and Dean of Academics at Centenary University and Jill Zinckgraf, MPA, Executive Director for the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Survivors of abuse will also share their stories with the audience and Zinckgraf will orchestrate an awareness march and fire pit ceremony. Members of Centenary’s STOP program will be in attendance, as well as Alpha Theta Pi sorority members.

“I am so pleased that we have the opportunity to partner with DASACC and offer this event to our students and university neighbors,” says Tiffany Kushner, Senior Director of Student Engagement at Centenary University. “It is important to promote domestic abuse and sexual assault awareness and hope that our Take Back the Night event will educate and inspire people to take a stand against abuse of all kinds.”

Take Back the Night’s history spans over a half a century. Decades ago in Europe, women from many countries met together as a tribunal council to discuss women’s safety when walking down public streets. Since the 1970s in the United States, Take Back the Night has focused on eliminating sexual and domestic violence in all forms. In 1973, Take Back the Night goers protested pornography in San Francisco and serial murders of women of color in Los Angeles. In October 1975, a march was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth who was stabbed to death while walking home alone. In recent history, thousands of colleges, domestic violence shelters and rape crisis center have held events all over the country.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Kushner at (908) 852-1400, ext. 2426.


The Mission of the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault and to develop a community where there is no acceptance of or tolerance of either.


Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County). The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey. The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.



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