Turn Off the Violence Week 2011 to Take Place Oct. 3-8

Posted: September 28, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 27, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Each October since 1997, Sexual Assault Services has sponsored a week dedicated to helping the Mason community work to end violence against women, and to honor its victims. The week brings to campus awareness of sexual violence and dating/partner violence.

This year, the week will be observed Oct. 3-8.

Turn Off the Violence Week events include:

  • The Clothesline Project, all week: Survivors and supporters can decorate and hang a shirt to honor victims and break the silence surrounding violence against women. Shirts are hung in the groves surrounding Robinson Hall and the walkway between Student Union Building I and Fenwick Library.
  • Take Back the Night Rally and March, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 to 9 p.m.: The rally provides a safe place for women to celebrate the night without fear and creates awareness in the larger community.
  • The White Ribbon Campaign, all week: By wearing a white ribbon, men visibly demonstrate their pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
  • Survivor Space, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.: In this supportive and safe setting in the area near the Clothesline Project, participants can explore the impact that their victimization has had on their lives.
  • “The Goddess Diaries,” Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Theater: A presentation of a series of monologues highlighting the various seasons of a woman’s life, with stories from women age 11 to 66. Free tickets for students are available while supplies last at the Office of Student Involvement in the Hub (Student Union Building II). Others may purchase tickets online through the Center for the Arts. A free reception follows the Oct. 8 presentation. All proceeds go to Mason’s Victims of Violence fund to provide medical assistance, transportation, personal counseling, emergency supplies and safety services to student victims who face sexual and domestic violence. This fund is administered by Mason’s Sexual Assault Services Office.

For a full schedule of events, see the Sexual Assault Services website.

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