Take Back the Night Highlights Turn Off the Violence Week

Posted: October 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ashleigh Puryear

George Mason hosts the 14th annual Take Back the Night events and Turn off the Violence Week, today through Oct. 11. Activities include the Clothesline Project and the Ending Violence Against Women information kiosk.

The highlight of the week is tonight’s Take Back the Night rally and march. The rally focuses on sexual assault, rape domestic violence, and sexual harassment. Its purpose is to help George Mason students feel safe and empowered. The featured speaker is Daphne Sholinski, author of “The Last Time I Wore a Dress.” She tells her personal survival story and offers teenagers hope and guidance.

The rally begins at the Johnson Center North Plaza with a hip-hop performance at 6:30 p.m. by Pariss Clemons, followed by Sholinski’s remarks and a march around the Fairfax Campus at 7:15 p.m. A reception in the Johnson Center Northwest Lounge follows the march.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts created by the George Mason community for female victims of violence. The shirts will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Harris Theatre and SUB I on the Fairfax Campus, in the Arlington Atrium, and in the Prince William I Building. The information kiosk will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Food Court, in the Arlington Atrium, and in the Prince William I Building.

The Women’s Center, the Women’s Coalition, Student Activities, and Sexual Assault Services sponsor these activities. For a complete list of events, contact Connie Kirkland at (703) 993-4364.

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