Turn Off The Violence Week Activities Begin Today

Posted: October 6, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dominick Rubino

The Sexual Assault Services Office and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center are sponsoring their annual Turn Off The Violence Week, Oct. 4-9, to promote public safety and inform the community about aggravated sexual assault and violence against women.

The highlight of the week is the Take Back The Night Rally and March, which focuses on sexual assault, rape, and relationship violence. It encourages George Mason students to feel safe and empowered as they march around campus. The event is in its 15th year of promoting attitudes of nonviolent behavior and safety for women. The rally tomorrow will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the Johnson Center North Plaza with music and keynote speaker Lori Robinson, author of I Will Survive, a book about healing from sexual violence. The march will follow the rally, and the night will be capped by a discussion in the Johnson Center Northwest Lounge with Robinson.

Other events include the annual Clothesline Project that encourages survivors and close friends of sexual abuse and assault to create T-shirts for a visual display to represent their experiences. Shirts will be made Oct. 6-9 in the Harris Theatre grove. These shirts will be on display between Harris Theatre and SUB I throughout the week.

There will also be a production of “Willow Song: In Memoriam” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Harris Theatre. It is a powerful tribute written two years ago and will be performed by the Old Dominion University (ODU) Theater Department. The production is based on the true story of an ODU student murdered by an intimate partner.

Turn Off The Violence began as a national antimedia campaign in 1991 to encourage the disconnection from television and media violence for one day. Since then it has gradually evolved into an antiviolence movement that covers a range of different behavior. George Mason has given the theme an anti-violence-toward-women slant and made it a week to commemorate victims of sexual violence.

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