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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct. 10 Candlelight Vigil kicks off month's activities.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-9-2012

Mankato, Minn. – A candlelight vigil to raise awareness of domestic violence will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the Centennial Student Union Fountain on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The event, free and open to the public, is intended to raise awareness of resources available to survivors of domestic violence and also to raise awareness of the prevalence and prevention of domestic violence. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Hearth Lounge in Centennial Student Union.

The event is sponsored by the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority in conjunction with the Women’s Center, the Violence and Awareness Response Program (VARP) and the LGBT Center at Minnesota State Mankato.

The Candlelight Vigil is the first in a series of events scheduled in October, which is designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Other events scheduled during the month are also free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
T-shirt designing for the Clothesline Project, Centennial Student Union 256

The Clothesline Project addresses the issue of violence against women through the decoration of t-shirts. This 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. The shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others in the community as testimony, a literal “airing of the dirty laundry” of the problem of violence against women. Students, community members and faculty & staff members are all welcome to decorate a shirt commemorating their own experiences or a loved one’s.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
House Party, Lincoln Park neighborhood

This event is a mock house party where students take a tour of an off-campus house and explore a “house party” from a sober perspective. Student volunteers act out scenarios that students encounter at real house parties. Students will learn about how they can better keep themselves and their friends safe if they do choose to drink.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
“Download this Upgrade: From Boys to Men,”
Heritage Room, Centennial Student Union 284

This training will be geared towards men, but all will be welcome! At the dinner portion of this event, 10-15 student leaders will be invited to share a meal and conversation with our amazing trainers. They will share some of the work that they have done and brainstorm around how to take action as allies to women in the anti-violence movement. After the dinner, the trainers will facilitate a training that will focus on gender equality and men’s involvement in the anti-violence movement. After the training, the trainers will explain the men’s anti-violence pledge and a photo will be taken of attendees who sign the pledge.

Friday, October 26, 1-2:30
Violence-Free Zone Training, Centennial Student Union 238

This training will address intimate partner violence (IPV) and help attendees learn about response and referral tools when confronted with these issues. Since the presentation will contain information about IPV, it may prove as a trigger for some attendees. Registration is requested, as space is limited. Those interested in reserving a space may email Laura Schultz at

Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Clothesline Project Display, Centennial Student Union

Those interested in more information on any of these events should contact Laura Schultz, interim violence and response coordinator at Minnesota State Mankato, by email at or by phone at 507-389-5127. Resources on domestic violence are available at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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