Last night, the NIU Women's Resource Center sponsored DeKalb's first-ever Rock Against Rape benefit concert. The event, for the two of you who weren't there, was a HUGE success, raising nearly $1,000 for Safe Passage, DeKalb County's sexual assault and domestic violence service agency.
The event came to fruition after Sarah Bruhn, WRC blogger and student staff member extraordinaire was doing research for a program she held last fall about Rape in the Military. She came across a newsletter published by the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault that featured another Rock Against Rape concert in Illinois. She thought to herself, "Why not here?" and then decided to make history.
Sarah spent the past few months connecting with local bands on MySpace and inviting them to donate their time and talents by playing a set at the Rock Against Rape concert. She had an overwhelming response from the bands she contacted and last night it all came together with an amazing line-up of local talent and hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members who all gathered to show their support for Safe Passage and have a rockin' good time.
If you want to show your support for the bands that came out, look no further than Sweet Lucy, Sleeping Under 47, Jenny Franck, Lyrick, Eat Your Heart Out, Wienerslav, and Emanuel Vinson.
If you see Sarah on campus, tell her congratulations on an amazing job. She is a testament to the power of one person to make a difference in the lives of hundreds. I know that we at the WRC thank her time and passion for the work she put into the concert, as does Safe Passage and their staff.