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2010.09.02 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Campus Events Raise Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence

Editor's note: Due to inclement weather, the Sept. 21 event has been moved indoors to the Sapp Fieldhouse on the UNO campus.

Omaha
- Thirty-two percent of college students report dating violence by a previous partner and 21 percent report violence by a current partner, according to the National Center for Victims of Crimes.

To create a culture of zero tolerance toward violence of any kind, Voices Against Violence (VAV) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will hold “Dare to Speak for Those Who Don’t” – two special campus events – as part of its fall semester awareness campaign.

Students from UNO along with all other metro area colleges and high schools are invited to Caniglia Field the UNO Sapp Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 10:15 p.m. The night begins with kick boxing and judo self-defense demonstrations and music by DJ Brent Crampton. VAV will give away free popcorn, candy and soda during a showing of the 2005 film “North Country."

“North Country” is a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.

“Whether it’s sexual harassment, as depicted in the film, sexual assault or intimate partner violence, the effects on victims are devastating,” said Marti Rosen-Atherton, director of the UNO Counseling Center. “While the events portrayed in ‘North Country’ are dramatic, the real message is that harassment and relationship abuse of any kind, at any level, hurts not only the victims but all of us, individually and collectively. Our goal is to create ongoing conversations and campus wide commitment to healthy, abuse-free relationships.”

The documentary “Tough Guise" will be shown at the second event, Thursday, Sept. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. A panel featuring Pat Behrns, UNO football coach; Patty Patton Shearer, UNO Women’s basketball coach; Emily Nugyen, UNO YWCA advocate; and Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of UNO Women's and Gender Studies, will follow the film. The panel will also host a Q&A session from 1 to 1:50 p.m.

Students will receive a free sack lunch (turkey sandwich, chips and a cookie) with water/soda, while supplies last.

“Tough Guise,” created by acclaimed author and filmmaker Jackson Katz, focuses on the role of the media in shaping attitudes and beliefs about masculinity, said Marcia Adler, director of Student Health Services.

“The panel will address ways in which we all share responsibility for educating bystanders,” Adler said. “We aim to create a campus culture that makes violence unacceptable and makes UNO a safe place to live, learn and work.”

For more information, contact Katie Kane, events coordinator, at (219) 718-3431 or kdkane@unomaha.edu or visit vav.unomaha.edu.

The mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Voices Against Violence is to make the campus community a safe environment free from violence of any kind. UNO VAV assists victims and educates bystanders on the issues surrounding intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

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