Mason Focuses on Prevention with Turn Off the Violence Week

Posted: September 18, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Turn Off the Violence week returns this year with traditions such as the Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night, but also features some special appearances, including the mother of Taylor Behl, a former Virginia Commonwealth University student who was abducted, raped and murdered in 2005.

Sponsored by Sexual Assault Services and the Women’s Studies Research and Resource Center, events promoting public safety and informing the community about aggravated sexual assault and violence against women will be held Oct. 2 to 5 on the Fairfax Campus.

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Oct. 2 to 5—10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Clothesline Project, in the grove between Harris Theater and Student Union Building I

A visual display of T-shirts created by and for victims, providing an opportunity for women to break the silence. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman’s experience, whether by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. All are welcome to come by and view or design a T-shirt. The project features the Silent Witness, a tribute to victims who have been murdered by their partners.

Oct. 2 to 3—11 a.m. to 3 p.m., White Ribbon Campaign, Johnson Center kiosk and the Clothesline Project grove

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women. George Mason Wrestling team members, partners in the project, will hand out white ribbons to other men to help raise awareness.

Oct. 3—11 a.m., Special Appearance by Janet Pelasara, in the Clothesline Project grove

Janet Pelasara, the mother of Taylor Behl, the VCU student murdered last fall, will be present at the Clothesline Project to create a T-shirt in her daughter’s honor and to talk to those assembled.

Oct. 3—7 p.m., Take Back the Night, Johnson Center North Plaza

Rally to bring end to violence against women and support those impacted by dating violence and sexual assault. Men and women are invited to attend. Miss Virginia, Adrianna Sgarlata, who is a Mason alumna and current graduate music student, will be the featured speaker. Her platform is school bullying. Immediately following, a reception will be held in the Women’s Center, Johnson Center, Room 240K.

Oct. 4—4:30 to 6 p.m., Bystanders … Be There! Harris Theater

A facilitated discussion by former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current violence prevention advocate, Don McPherson, and nationally-known women’s safety expert, Marty Langelan, author of “Back Off!”, with Jim Martin from the Mason wrestling team. They will address bystander accountability and what bystanders can do to deter violence before it happens.

Oct. 4—7 p.m., Survivor Space, the Clothesline Project grove

Survivors are welcome to share thoughts, feelings and experiences in an informal, safe and supportive atmosphere.

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