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UW-Eau Claire Groups to Recognize
Sexual Assault Activism Week April 21-25

RELEASED: April 7, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus will recognize Sexual Assault Activism week April 21-25 with events ranging from speakers to film showings.

Kicking off Sexual Assault Activism week's events is a panel discussion at noon April 21 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. The discussion will be about sexual assault in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities (LGBTQ) and what can be done to address the issues more effectively. Panelists will be Tanya Potter and Dale Larsen from Spectrum and Amanda Mondlock from UW-Eau Claire's Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault.

An article discussion will be held at noon April 22 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. This panel will discuss "No Safe Place: Sexual Assault in the Lives of Homeless Women" by Lisa Goodman, Katya Fels and Catherine Glenn. The article addresses the rates of sexual assault, questions of causality and homelessness as a risk factor for sexual assault. The discussion will include guidance to better understand and respond to the varied and critical needs of survivors. To get a copy of the article, e-mail CASA at casa@uwec.edu.

Also on April 22 is a film screening of the documentary "Shame" at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101 of Hibbard Hall. "Shame," directed by Mohammed Ali Naqvi, follows the story of Mukhtaran Mai from Pakistan who was gang raped by a neighboring tribe in retaliation for her brother's crime. While some Muslim women are expected to commit suicide to distance themselves from the shame put on their families, Mai refused. Instead, she reported the crime to the police and insisted that the attackers be brought to justice, including a holy man who was involved. A discussion of the film will follow its showing.

At noon April 23 the documentary "War Zone" will screen in the Arrowhead Room. "War Zone," directed by Maggie Hadleigh-West, addresses the feelings of women on the streets bombarded with heckling, following, touching or disparaging remarks by men while in public. Hadleigh-West films this practice through her own experiences and confronts her abusers to reclaim the space that was stolen from her. Susan Turell will facilitate a discussion following the film. Turell is coordinator of the women's studies program, professor of psychology and a licensed therapist.

A lunch discussion, "Let's Talk About Sex," is scheduled for noon April 24 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center. The Student Wellness Advocacy Team will present an interactive dialogue on sexual communication. Topics such as setting personal boundaries and barriers to effective communication will be addressed. By understanding these topics, the risk of non-consensual experiences may be reduced.

Also on April 24 is Take Back the Night, a rally against sexual assault at 7 p.m. on the Campus Mall. Activities will include guest speakers, a candlelight vigil and an open mic session for survivors, family, friends and advocates. A march will follow to raise awareness of sexual violence.

Wrapping up the week's activities will be a pledge signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 on the Campus Mall. The pledge is a promise to help prevent sexual assault. Information on opportunities to help end sexual violence also will be available.

Events are sponsored by CASA, Student Senate, the Women's and Gender Equity Center and the SWAT team. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amanda Mondlock at casa@uwec.edu or call 715-836-4357.

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