Week Without Violence, Oct 6 - 19

2012 Week Without Violence Logo
2012 Week Without Violence Logo

The UNL Week Without Violence is a series of events October 6th -19th, 2012 that educates campus and community members and encourages individuals to take a stand against violence. One in six women become victims of sexual assault and one in four men report experiences of intimate partner violence. Stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault affect people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds.

The UNL Women’s Center has coordinated Week Without Violence events for over 14 years. The Women’s Center collaborates with UNL and Lincoln groups to raise awareness of violence and its profoundly negative effects.

“The purpose of the Week Without Violence is to empower all individuals in the UNL community to create a safer environment for everyone,” said Jan Deeds, UNL Associate Director of Student Involvement and Director of the UNL Women’s Center.

Events begin at 10 am on Saturday, October 6 with Walk a Mile in her Shoes, sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega. Participants will walk a mile around campus in high heels to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault, and gendered violence. All are welcome to march. The march begins with speakers at the Alpha Chi Omega house on 716 N. 16th Street.

Later on October 6, all community members are invited to participate in Slutwalk, a march to end the victim shame cycle. Slutwalk begins at 1 pm on the north side of the Capitol Building at 1445 K Street. Find Slutwalk Lincoln on Facebook for more information.

On Monday, October 8, at 7:30 pm in the Nebraska Union Auditorium, Grace Brown will speak about Project Unbreakable, her effort to empower survivors of sexual assault through photography. Victims/survivors interested in being photographed should email projectunbreakable@gmail.com with the subject line “photograph me.”

On Friday, October 12, the documentary The Pink Room will show at 7:30 pm at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The Pink Room explores sex slavery and human trafficking in Cambodia. The documentary will be followed by a community discussion with executive producers Janey and Steve Shugart and a reception in the Van Brunt Visitor's Center. Free tickets will be available at the Ross counter prior to the film.

The Clothesline Project will be displayed October 17 – 19 in the Rotunda Gallery in the Nebraska Union. The Clothesline Project is an art exhibit intended to raise awareness of the violence taking place in our community. T-shirts created by survivors of interpersonal violence will be displayed along with campus and community resources.

The Women’s Center is also co-sponsoring the Voices of Hope Open House and Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, October 18. The events take place at 2545 N Street. The Open House takes place 5:30 to 7:30 pm, followed by a Candlelight Vigil at 7:30 p.m. Learn about Voices of Hope programs and services at the Open House and stay to commemorate the lives lost through relationship violence at the Candlelight Vigil.
Visit Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas, an exhibit at the Sheldon Museum of Art. Women Call for Peace is on display from September 18, 2012 to January 13, 2013. The distinguished participants - Christian, Muslim, and Jewish, black, white, and Asian - advocate for global peace. Artists include Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Aminah Robinson and Helen Zughaib, who take a stand against conflict. For more information, visit http://www.sheldonartmuseum.org/.
All Week Without Violence events are free and open to the public.

UNL Week Without Violence is coordinated by the UNL Women’s Center and co-sponsored by Voices of Hope, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and the following UNL departments and organizations: Women’s and Gender Studies program, Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Psi Zeta, PREVENT, and Nebraska University Students Against Modern-Day Slavery.

For more information on UNL Week without Violence events, please call the Women’s Center at (402) 472-2597.

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/y6e