George Mason Is “Taking Steps for Victims’ Rights”

Posted: April 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

The eighth annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run/Walk around Patriot Circle highlights National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 to 25. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in the event at noon on Thursday, April 22. President Alan Merten will lead the run/walk, which begins at Mason Pond.

“Taking Steps for Victims’ Rights,” George Mason’s theme for 2004, highlights the progression and awareness of victims’ rights as a common interest for both Americans and Mason students.

“Willow Song: In Memoriam” will be presented Monday, April 19, in the Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. The Old Dominion University (ODU) Theater Department presents a true story of an ODU student who was murdered by an intimate partner. In this presentation, issues of domestic/relationship abuse are intertwined with scenes from Shakespeare’s Othello. A $1 donation is requested for this event. All proceeds will be used to purchase items for abused students.

On Tuesday, April 20–“A Day to End Sexual Violence”–the George Mason Police Department will present a Rape Aggression Defense demonstration at 11:30 a.m. at a Johnson Center kiosk. At 3 p.m. a panel discussion will be held on “The Link Between Eating Disorders and Sexual Abuse” in SUB I, Room A.

Other kiosks, which include raffle drawings, free emergency cell phones, and other safety giveaways, will be set up in the Johnson Center Food Court Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The week concludes with the 10th annual Northern Virginia Victims’ Rights Candlelight Vigil at 3 p.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center Atrium. The George Mason community is invited to join victims and their families as they honor victims of crime. The guest speaker will be Cheri Nolan, assistant U.S. attorney general. Other speakers include Jerry Kilgore, Virginia attorney general; Robert Horan, Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney; and Richard Ebert, Prince William County commonwealth’s attorney.

Sexual Assault Services sponsors all events. For more information and a complete list of events, contact Connie Kirkland at 703-993-2837.

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