Turn Off the Violence Week Begins Oct. 4

Posted: September 29, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

On Monday, Oct. 4, Sexual Assault Services will present the start of Turn Off the Violence (TOV) Week by hosting a series of events to help spread awareness about violence against women.

The week is dedicated to helping the Mason population work together to end violence against women and to honor its victims.

“Turn Off the Violence Week began on the Mason campus in 1997. Beginning in 1994, our director, Connie Kirkland, had coordinated a Northern Virginia Turn Off the Violence Week each year with 25 community crime-prevention and intervention agencies,” says Rachel Ouellette-Lindsey, outreach coordinator for Sexual Assault Services.  “The last community Turn Off the Violence Week was held in 2000, but we continued to grow and expand our own.”

This year, TOV Week events include a production of “The Goddess Diaries”; the Clothesline Project; the Take Back the Night Rally; and the White Ribbon Campaign.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a man’s personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Wearing a white ribbon is a pledge by a man that he will not tolerate violence against women.

Following are upcoming events related to TOV Week.

The Clothesline Project

Monday, Oct. 4 – Thursday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the grove area between Harris Theater and SUB I.

A visual display of over 500 handmade T-shirts dedicated to victims of violence will be hung throughout campus. The T-shirts are 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. Everyone is encouraged to come by and view the project as well as design a T-shirt themselves.

Take Back the Night Rally and March

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. at the North Plaza

Cosponsored by the Feminist Student Organization, the annual Take Back the Night Rally and March will be a peaceful assembly that aims to support the end of sexual and domestic violence. Guest speakers will be followed by a march throughout the campus. A reception will conclude the evening.

Survivor Space

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m. at the grove area between Harris Theater and SUB I.

Survivors of violence will have an opportunity to speak about their experience. Everyone, including visitors, will be able to speak out, listen, offer help and find support.

“The Goddess Diaries”

Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Harris Theater

“The Goddess Diaries” is a production that tells the stories of women’s lives through personal monologues. It will feature eight women ranging in age from 11 to 65 who will share their experiences through life’s key milestones. The production features the newly released, original music of The Ruins. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at www.goddessdiaries.org or at the door for $20.  Tickets are $5 for George Mason students with an ID. Proceeds benefit the George Mason University Victims of Violence Fund. For more information, call 703-262-0502.

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