2008.11.21 > For Immediate Release
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UNO, YWCA Team Up to Host Date Rape Awareness Event
Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Voices Against Violence Task Force, in partnership with YWCA Omaha, will hold their second awareness event Thursday, Dec. 4, to help eliminate intimate partner violence.
The campaign serves as an advocate and educational resource for the UNO campus. Statistics show one in three college women – and one in four women overall – are sexually assaulted, according to the National Sexual Victimization of College Women survey.
“Dare to Speak for Those Who Don’t” will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Yellow Dress,” a one-woman play about intimate partner violence, will be performed at 11:30 a.m. by Lauren Ackerman. UNO graduate Teresa Oberdorfer will conduct a series of poetry readings on dating violence.
Julie Medina, a Douglas County deputy attorney who works in the domestic violence unit, will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. Medina will share her experience as an 11-year survivor of acquaintance rape. She will also discuss the “Speak Out” program, which she began in 2006.
“The goal of the ‘Speak Out’ program is to get others to talk about rape and sexual assault to help remove the embarrassment and the stigma that surrounds crimes of violence,” Medina said.
The event will feature free pizza and the chance to win a $500 gift certificate to T’eez Salon.
Maverick Solutions, the School of Communication student-run firm, is assisting the task force with the planning and promotion of the campaign and its events. Maverick Solutions is sponsored by the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.
For more information, contact Jen Estep, event coordinator, at (402) 612-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. This celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to www.unomaha.edu/100/
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