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CANCELLED: Michelle Knight, woman who escaped after 11 years of captivity, to share her story in eastern Iowa

UPDATE: June 1, 2020

The Riverview Center's 2020 Evening/Luncheon of Light events have been cancelled.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020

The Riverview Center's 2020 Evening/Luncheon of Light events will now be held June 24 and 25. The events were originally scheduled for April 15 and 16, but the decision was made to reschedule due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The new schedule is as follows:

  • Luncheon of Light - Bien Venu Event Center, Cedar Falls - Wednesday, June 24 at 11 a.m. (KWWL's Abby Turpin to interview Knight)
  • Evening of Light – The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids - Wednesday, June 24 at 5 p.m.
  • Evening of Light – Grand River Center, Dubuque - Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Original story: February 13, 2020

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Riverview Center's 2020 Evening/Luncheon of Light keynote speaker will be Michelle Knight, one of three women who escaped after 11 years of captivity in Cleveland, Ohio.

Knight will be interviewed by KWWL's Abby Turpin at the Luncheon of Light on April 15 at the Bien Venu Event Center in Cedar Falls. The two will talk on stage in an intimate setting about Knight's years of captivity, and the abuse she suffered at the hands of Ariel Castro.

Knight has written two books. Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed details her tough childhood years and the years she spent in Castro’s home. Life After Darkness: Finding Healing and Happiness After the Cleveland Kidnappings details how she has found the strength to move on in life and the work she does in helping other victims of trauma and abuse.

Riverview Center provides services to those affected by sexual violence in 14 Iowa counties. They also provide help to those affected by sexual and domestic violence in two Illinois counties. Clients have access to professional services, including 24-hour crisis hotlines; legal, medical, and general advocacy; one-on-one counseling and support groups; professional trainings; and violence prevention initiatives.

Following her appearance in Cedar Falls on April 15 at 11 a.m., Knight will head to Cedar Rapids for an Evening of Light at Hotel Kirkwood, beginning at 5 p.m. Then, Thursday, April 16, there will be an Evening of Light at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, also beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for the Cedar Falls luncheon. For tickets and more information, click here.

Riverview Center 24-Hour Iowa Sexual Assault Hotline: 888-557-0310

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