Will County Take Back the Night Announces Fall Event: Domestic Violence Survivor and Author is Keynote

June 8, 2010

Brenda TaylorA story of survival, along with insight on overcoming violence will be a key message at the 2010 Will County Take Back the Night (TBTN) march and rally set for this fall. In a recent announcement by the steering committee, this year’s event is confirmed for Thursday, October 14, 6 p.m. at the University of St. Francis (USF), 500 Wilcox St. in Joliet. Ms. Brenda Taylor, domestic violence survivor and author, will be the featured speaker.

Taylor, recent author of her personal memoir, Beauty to Ashes, will share her story of survival with the Will County community, as well as provide insight on defeating violence and strengthening one’s identity. She also founded Limited Expression in October 2005, offering those affected by domestic violence education, resources and support.

The annual Will County TBTN event will also include a vigil honoring women and children from the county who were murdered by violence in the past 10 years. Booths offering resources and information on the issue will be available.

“In our 14th year, the TBTN steering committee continues to provide education and awareness on domestic violence by providing programs and workshops, as well as the annual Will County event in October,” said April Balzhiser, chair of the 2010 Will County TBTN steering committee. “However, we couldn’t have come this far without the support and generosity of the community – and hope to see many of them at our upcoming march and vigil at USF on October 14.”

Will County TBTN committee meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be Tuesday, July 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Joliet Township Office, 175 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet. To donate or for more information on Will County Take Back the Night, go to or contact committee chair April Balzhiser at (815) 729-0930 – Ext. 231. More information on Brenda Taylor and Liberated Expression is

HN-TBTNParticipants hold signs in honor of Brittany Brooks while marching on the Jefferson Street bridge in Joliet during the 13th Annual Take Back the Night. Brooks was murdered in January. Her boyfriend is accused of the crime.