Sexual Assault Services Raises Awareness of Violence Against Women

Posted: October 5, 2009 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

By Rashad Mulla

This week, Sexual Assault Services (SAS) will sponsor the 13th annual Turn Off the Violence Week at Mason. Events, which will include a massive T-shirt project and a rally, are meant to raise awareness of violence against women. Programs start today and end Oct. 8.

Click here for the entire schedule. To volunteer for TOV Week events, contact Donna Shock.

In addition to Turn Off the Violence events, on Oct. 1, SAS introduced SASOnline, a non-emergency online service for discussion of issues related to sexual assault. Information is confidential, and advocates typically respond to messages in less than 48 hours.

Here are some of the highlights of Turn Off the Violence Week:

The Clothesline Project – Oct. 5-8 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Between Harris Theater and Student Union Building I

Event organizers will hang more than 500 T-shirts that will constitute a display in honor of victims of violence. Individuals can also stop by to create their own T-shirt.

The White Ribbon Campaign – Oct. 5-8 – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Between Harris Theater and Student Union Building I

This campaign involves the largest group of men working to end violence against women, according to organizers. Men will wear white ribbons to pledge that they will never personally commit acts of violence against women.

Take Back the Night Rally and March – Tuesday, Oct. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Johnson Center North Plaza

Join attendees for a peaceful rally condemning violence against women.

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