How do you make peace with grief? How do you turn a negative and horrific experience into a positive force that changes peoples’ lives for the better?

Pat Tuthill, victims’ rights advocate and founder of the Peyton Tuthill Foundation, will address these questions during a lecture at the College of Charleston at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014,  in Alumni Hall. The lecture, “The Anatomy of Grief, Faith, Advocacy – From Surviving to Thriving,” is free and open to the public.

Pat Tuthill

Pat Tuthill, victim advocate and founder of the Peyton Tuthill Foundation.

Tuthill is the mother of the late Peyton Tuthill, a 1997 graduate of the College of Charleston who was murdered by a convicted criminal in Colorado in 1999.

In an attempt to save other people’s lives after Peyton’s death, Tuthill embarked on a journey to lobby all 50 states to join the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, a national system that monitors the movement of convicted criminals released on parole or probation. On October 27, 2005, she joined former Governor Mitt Romney as he signed the bill into law in Massachusetts –– thus achieving her dream of enacting the compact in all 50 states.

Proceeds from the Peyton Tuthill Foundation support educational scholarships to homicide survivors, advocacy for victims and their families, and efforts to affect public policy. More information about the Peyton Tuthill Foundation is available at

Tuthill is a nationally recognized advocate for public safety and victims’ rights. She has received many awards and was most recently nominated for the 2014 Ronald Reagan Public Policy Award, which will be presented during National Victims’ Rights Week in April 2014.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Office of the President at