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Vigil Sheds Light on Sexual Assault Awareness

Vigil Sheds Light on Sexual Assault Awareness

April 11, 2007 - Collin College will put the candlelight on sexual assault awareness during an event Wednesday, April 25 at the Spring Creek Campus atrium, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano.

The college will host the fourth annual Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m. with author, entrepreneur and sexual assault survivor Lavinia B. Masters. Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. The vigil is free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter will be on hand for the event.

The event correlates with Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and is co-hosted by the college and The Turning Point (Rape Crisis Center of Collin County." The candlelight vigil has been designated as the Wednesday event for National Crime Victims Week in Collin County.

Masters is a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and a national speaker for the Rape and Incest National Network (RAINN). She also serves as a volunteer for the Friends of the Family Denton County and the spokesperson for the Dallas Police Department Sexual Assault Cold Case Program (SECAP).

A victim of sexual assault at the age of 13, Masters has faced psychological, emotional and physical changes. She has used her experience in educating others about sexual assault awareness around the Metroplex and across the nation as a guest on local news and CNN programs. Funding was provided by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC).

For more information, contact The Turning Point at 972.985.0951 or Collin College Counseling Services at 972.881.5126.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.