Grand Valley State University Women's Center
Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Dating and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In recognition, the GVSU Women's Center, in collaboration with other campus departments and community organizations, host a number of events to raise awareness about this important issue.
All events listed below can be found by visiting Calendar of Events
Silent Witness Program: Remembering Lives Lost to Domestic and Dating Violence
Event is Lib100 & 201 approved
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Kirkhof Center 2263
The Silent Witness Program is an annual event held at GVSU to remember women & 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.
Check out more information about our annual Silent Witness Program
Take Back the Night
Event is Lib100 & 201 approved
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 7:00pm – 9:00 pm in Kirkhof Center Grand River Room
Take Back the Night is an annual GVSU event sponsored by Eyes Wide Open that provides an interactive, provoking, and challenging presentation around ending sexual assault. Survivors, activists, and all who care about their campus community are welcome to attend this march around campus.
This event is free. Please join us! Contact Eyes Wide Open with any questions at email@example.com
The Spitting Game: The College Hook-Up Culture
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Kirkhof Center Room 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 and gradute of Emory University will lead a discussion following the film.
The Clothesline Project
Monday, October 15th – Friday, October 19th, 2012 display in KC Lobby
The Clothesline Project is a program that addresses the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. Shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the realities of violence against women.
HELP US RAISE AWARNESS –STOPY BY THE WOMEN’S CENTER TO CREATE A SHIRT.
Media Women & The Art of Inquiry- The Bro-Code: How Contempory Culture Creates Sexisit Men
Thursday, October 25th, 2012 at 6:00pm – in Kirkhof Center 2270
This media series, followed by meaningful dialogue, will provide an opportunity to look at gender justice through a feminist lens.
New release, 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.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Monday, October 29th, 2012 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Meet in Kirkhof Center Grand River Room
The Grand Valley State University Interfraternity Council hosts this annual event to promote the idea that men must be a part of the solution to end sexual violence. 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. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® challenges societal and behavioral norms, encouraging us to pause and seriously consider the message of the event. 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, sexual assault and gender based violence.
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