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October 17, 2013

Events planned for MSU Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence free zone training and film "Sin By Silence" featured

MANKATO — The Violence Awareness & Response group is planning several events in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The events are meant to raise awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence, commemorate those who have been murdered by intimate partners, and in cases of domestic violence, to celebrate survivors and to call for an end to these forms of violence.

• T-shirt designing for the Clothesline Project in the Women’s Center, CSU 218, is 5-6 p.m. Monday. The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women through the decoration of T-shirts. The campaign works to de-stabilize the widespread myth that violence is a private matter and provides an artistic avenue through which women and men can break the silence.

• Screening and discussion of the film, “Sin By Silence,” is 7 p.m. Wednesday in Ostrander Auditorium. Inside the California Institution for Women, the first inmate initiated and led group in U.S. prison history shatters the misconceptions of domestic violence.

• Violence-Free Zone Training from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in CSU 238 will address intimate partner violence and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. Registration is requested by emailing

The Violence Awareness and Response Program provides a safe, supportive space for students and others affiliated with MSU. VARP’s mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effect of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

— Free Press Staff

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