Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) will host “Breaking the Silence: Overcoming Obstacles to Reporting Abuse”, a special virtual presentation, on Tuesday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST.

The presentation will discuss the case of Drew Peterson, which drew national publicity in 2007. Norma Peterson, sister-in-law of Stacy Peterson (Drew Peterson’s fourth wife who has been missing since 2007), will share her journey of raising awareness of the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (EAA), which is a viable tool for victims of domestic violence, law enforcement, and the judicial system. Pastor Neil Schori, who served as a key witness in Drew Peterson’s trial, will share his story of counseling Stacy Peterson and the role of the church in supporting abuse victims. The panel of experts will discuss how the EAA can be used in the criminal justice system. Panelists include: Ron Hain, Kane County Sheriff; Michelle Cruz, former Massachusetts State Victims Advocate; and Jaime Mosser, Kane County State’s Attorney.

To register for the event, visit or contact Stacy Dewald, Ph.D., USF Assistant Professor of Criminal & Social Justice, at

: :

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin