Mason Helps ‘Turn Off the Violence’ against Women and Girls

Posted: October 1, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Today marks the first day of Turn Off the Violence week at Mason, an initiative dedicated to help end violence against women and children. It also calls attention to the impact of sexual and domestic violence on our campus community.

Sexual Assault Services; the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education; the Women’s Studies Department; Intercollegiate Athletics; and Counseling and Psychological Services worked together to bring antiviolence events to Mason. Each day, there will be an event that supports efforts to end violence against women and girls as well as remember victims.

  • Mon., Oct.1, 5 to 6:30 p.m., “Standing by vs. Bystanding” will be presented by Marty Langelan, the author of “Back Off.”

  • Mon., Oct. 1 to Thurs., Oct. 4, 1 to 4 p.m., the Clothesline Project will be displayed in the grove behind Harris Theater. This is a visual display of T-shirts created by and for victims, providing the opportunity to break the silence. Each T-shirt is decorated to represent a particular women’s experience, whether by the survivor herself or by someone who cares for her.
  • Mon., Oct. 1 and Tues., Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the White Ribbon Campaign will be going on in the Johnson Center and at the Clothesline Project. The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women. The George Mason Wrestling Team will be handing out white ribbons to other men on campus to help raise awareness.
  • Tues., Oct. 2 and Thurs., Oct. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Janet Pelasara will make a special appearance at the Clothesline Project to talk with Mason students. Pelasara is the mother of Taylor Behl, a Virginia Commonwealth University student who was abducted, raped and murdered in 2005.
  • Tues., Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Take Back the Night, a rally to end violence against women and girls, will be going on in the North Plaza of the Johnson Center. There will be a special appearance by Andrea Gibson, a spoken word artist/slam poet. Men and women are invited to attend to support those impacted by dating violence and sexual assault.

For more information about Turn Off the Violence Week, visit the University Life Turn Off The Violence web site, or call Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-3686.

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