It's National Sexual Violence Awareness Month, and the William Smith women will lead a vigil and the Chapel bells will toll for victims of violence.
April 23, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. — Every 21 hours on each college campus in the United States there is a rape. At 1:30 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, the bells of St. John's Chapel on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Campus will toll 21 times, as the members of the William Smith Women's Collective symbolically battle violence against women. The women will also lead a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. on Thursday on the Quad in honor of survivors and victims of rape, as well as for the people suffering in Palestine and Israel and all others struggling against violence of any kind. All members of the Colleges' community and the greater Geneva community are welcome to participate.
The Women's Collective is a student organization of women dedicated to serving the needs and concerns of William Smith students. The members meet regularly to discuss personal, campus, and worldwide issues, and sponsor various events, like this vigil, over the course of the year.