Rape Victim to Share Her Story at WWU

Liz Seccuro, wife, mother and victims’ rights advocate, will speak at William Woods University about sexual assault and victims’ rights. She will share her story at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is the next President’s Concert and Lecture Series event at WWU. It is sponsored by the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Seccuro was one of the first rape victims to go public when she brought one of her rapists to justice 22 years after the crime was committed. She was a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Virginia when she was drugged and raped at a party. The university did nothing to aid her in seeking justice and offered no official remedy. In 2005, she received a letter from her rapist asking to make amends, which led to his arrest.

Determined to help other women going through this struggle, Seccuro works to raise awareness about victims’ rights. As an advocate for rape survivors, she has created a Donor Advised Fund called STARS (Sisters Together Assisting Rape Survivors) to assist all survivors of rape, sexual assault and incest. Her story, which has been featured on major new programs across the country, is the subject of a forthcoming book and movie.

The President’s Concert and Lecture Series is sponsored by William Woods University to encourage student and community participation in educational and cultural events.

For more information, contact Brenda Foster at (573) 592-4219 or bfoster@williamwoods.edu.