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March 25, 2010

‘Rock Against Rape’ concert to benefit Safe Passage

Musicians donate time, talent to raise awareness about sexual assault

DeKalb, Ill. — The NIU Women’s Resource Center will sponsor the DeKalb area’s first Rock Against Rape benefit concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at The House Café, 263 E. Lincoln Highway.

Admission is $5 for students and community members. All proceeds will go to Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency.

Rock Against Rape concerts are held annually in communities and on college campuses nationwide as fundraising events for domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. The events are also used to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence.

This year’s beneficiary, Safe Passage, provides a wide range of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, including counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, community education, crisis intervention, medical advocacy and short- and long-term housing. Because of state and federal budget cuts, Safe Passage’s funding has been reduced, though the need for the services has not. Concert proceeds will help Safe Passage continue to serve as a vital community agency in DeKalb and the surrounding areas.

Several socially-conscious local bands and artists are donating their time and talent to DeKalb’s Rock Against Rape concert. They include Sleeping Under 47, Sweet Lucy, Jenny Franck, Eat Your Heart Out, Wienerslav, Emanuel Vinson and Lyrick. The diverse line-up promises to satisfy any musical taste. Rock Against Rape attendees will get the opportunity to check out the local music scene, as well as contribute to an agency that provides essential community services.

This event is open to the public. No reservation is required, but tickets are available for pre-purchase. For more information, visit www.niu.edu/women or call (815) 753-0320.

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Media Contact: Sarah Bruhn, NIU Women’s Resource Center
Phone: (815) 753-0320
Email: sbruhn1@niu.edu