Turn Off the Violence Week, Oct. 13-17

Posted: October 7, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Next Monday, Oct. 13, 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.

This year’s programming is presented by Sexual Assault Services; the Office of Alcohol, Drug and Health Education; the Office of Housing and Residence Life; Women’s and Gender Studies; and The Feminist Ninjas.

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As a preamble to the week, the sponsors are holding a donation drive now through Oct. 10 to help women and children in need. Donations are requested for NOVACO, which provides transitional housing for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Bring donations to these locations on the Fairfax Campus: Johnson Center, Room 240K; Enterprise Hall, Room 442; and Student Union Building I, Room 220. For more details about NOVACO and the kinds of items to bring, see the Sexual Assault Services web site. Items will be delivered on Oct. 13. Mason’s Center for Leadership and Community Engagement is also sponsoring this activity.

Another “pre-week” event is Safe Zone Training on Friday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training is provided by the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resources. Increase your knowledge and skills as an ally and help Mason become safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ community members. To participate, e-mail Rich Chollar.

Events during Turn Off the Violence Week include

  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, to Thursday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 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.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m., Take Back the Night Rally and March is a peaceful gathering in the North Plaza supporting the end of sexual and domestic violence and symbolizing a safe place for all. There will be several speakers and a march through campus. A reception will follow. The Feminist Ninjas are cosponsors of this event.

    At 9 p.m., an “After Party” will celebrate the night with games, food, a DJ, a service project benefitting Animal Assistance Crisis Response therapy dogs and their handlers, a self-defense demonstration by University Police and a “Trash to Fashion Runway Challenge” with prizes. The event is also sponsored by the Pride Alliance.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m., “Survivor Space” in the grove behind Harris Theater will give survivors of violence an opportunity to speak out and listen, and offer and find support.
  • Friday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the kickoff event for MasonStrong, Mason’s new male allies group, will take place in the Johnson Center Robeson Room (240A). The Mentors Advisory Board of Mason faculty and staff members will be on hand to answer questions and talk with male Mason students interested in working with Sexual Assault Services to end sexual violence.

In addition, all week, men who pledge not to tolerate violence against women are invited to wear a white ribbon in support of the White Ribbon Campaign.

For more information about Turn Off the Violence Week, call Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-9999 or see the Sexual Assault Services web site.

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