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Several events planned for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Grand Rapids

September 26, 2012

October is domestic violence awareness month and several local organizations are hosting informational events and providing opportunities for people to participate in solidarity with those that are victims of domestic violence.

The following events are put on by the GVSU Women’s Center, YWCA of Western Michigan, Safe Haven Ministries and a number of other sponsoring groups.

Candlelight Vigil
Monday, October 1, 2012 at 5:30pm

Location: YWCA of West Central Michigan (25 Sheldon Blvd, Grand Rapids)

A quiet vigil to honor women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
Clothesline Project (Grand Rapids)
October 1-5, 2012 from 9am-5pm

Location: YWCA of West Central Michigan (25 Sheldon Blvd, Grand Rapids)
A visual display aimed at raising awareness of violence against women. The Clothesline Project is a collection of T-shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone honoring a woman who has been killed.

Silent Witness Program
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12pm
Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center, Rm 2263
This is an annual event held at GVSU to remember women and children from Michigan who have lost their lives due to dating or domestic violence in the past year. These individuals are represented by full-sized cardboard silhouettes, each assigned with their own story. Story readers represent GVSU student organizations, faculty, staff and community members. http://gvsu.edu/women_cen/module-event-index.htm

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 7-9:00pm

Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center, Grand River Rm

Starting at 7pm Staceyann Chin, survivor, author, advocate and artist, will be the featured speaker for GVSU’s annual Take Back The Night march.  Chin will offer an interactive, provoking, and challenging presentation around ending sexual assault. Survivors, activists, and all who care about their campus community are welcome to attend. The march around campus will follow her program. http://gvsu.edu/women_cen/module-event-index.htm

Spitting Game

The College Hook-Up Culture
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 6pm

Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center, Rm 2204
This provocative film gets inside the hook-up scene, and explores its gender politics, sexual health, peer pressure and self-esteem.  Receiving the Best Social Awareness Documentary award at Delray Beach Film Festival, Denice Ann Evans, CEO of J’Hue Film Productions will lead a discussion following the film.

Clothesline Project (Allendale)
October 15-19, 2012 from 9am-4pm

Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center lobby
A visual display aimed at raising awareness of violence against women. The Clothesline Project is a collection of T-shirts with messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone honoring a woman who has been killed.

The Clothesline Project can be viewed in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus and on the Holland Campus. There will be T-shirt making workshops in 1201 Kirkhof from 9am to 5pm October 15-19 and on the Holland Campus from 9am-8pm October 15-19.  http://gvsu.edu/women_cen/module-event-index.htm

The Bro Code

How contemporary culture creates sexist men

Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 6-7:30pm

Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center, Rm 2270

In The Bro Code, filmmaker Thomas Keith takes aim at the forces in male culture that condition boys and men to dehumanize and disrespect women. Keith breaks down a range of contemporary media forms that are saturated with sexism — movies and music videos that glamorize misogyny; pornography that trades in the brutalization of women; comedy routines that make fun of sexual assault; and a slate of men’s magazines and cable TV shows whose sole purpose is to revel in reactionary myths of American manhood. The message he uncovers in virtually every corner of our entertainment culture is clear: It’s not only normal — but cool — for boys and men to control and humiliate women. By showing how there’s nothing natural or inevitable about this mentality, and by setting it against the terrible reality of men’s violence against women in the real world, The Bro Code challenges young people to step up and fight back against the idea that being a real man means disrespecting women.  Featuring interviews with Michael Kimmel, Robert Jensen, Shira Tarrant, J.W. Wiley, Douglas Rushkoff, Eric Anderson, and Neal King.  http://gvsu.edu/women_cen/module-event-index.htm

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Monday, October 29, 2012 from 6-9pm

Location: Grand Valley State University (Allendale), Kirkhof Center, Grand River Rm
In an effort to raise awareness of rape, sexual assault and gender based violence, Grand Valley State University Inter Fraternity Counsel (IFC) is hosting Walk A Mile In Her Shoes.

This eventis an international men’s march to increase understanding about rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Founded in 2001, with the idea that men must be a part of the solution to end sexual violence, walks are held around the country each year. Specifically, men are invited to wear high heels and then actually “walk a mile in her shoes.” This event is not only for men, nor must everyone wear high heels. We invite all community members to participate in this event.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes challenges societal and behavioral norms, encouraging us to pause and seriously consider the message.  High heel shoes can symbolize the oppression that women face when they are victims of sexual violence. When men wear high heels, they can experience for a while the limits; the uncomfortable and constraining gender norms that society places on women. Organizers hope that men “step up” and challenge attitudes that lead to rape and sexual violence.

The proceeds from Walk A Mile In Her Shoes go to support GVSU’s RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) Program, which is designed to teach both self-defense and larger issues around gender socialization and sexual violence.  http://gvsu.edu/women_cen/module-event-index.htm

Domestic Violence Orientation

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 OR
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 from 6-9pm
Location: Safe Haven Ministries (3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd, Grand Rapids). This is a free seminar offered six times per year. Contact (616) 452-6664 or go to http://www.safehavenministries.org/news-events for more info and to register.

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  1. October 4, 2012 7:14 pm

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